Warriors’ Steve Kerr Explains Why 2020–21 Was the “Most Impressive Season” From Stephen Curry

Published 06/16/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
April 27, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Dallas Mavericks guard JJ Redick (17) during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Even though the Golden State Warriors did not reach the playoffs, Stephen Curry was on fire. The Warriors got knocked out by the Los Angeles Lakers in the play-in tournament. Without Klay Thompson, the burden was on Curry’s shoulders to produce when it matters, and boy did he perform well!

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The point guard took it up as a mission to help the team achieve a respectable position in the league.

In a recent interview, Steve Kerr talked about Curry’s amazing season and spoke about how he stepped up his game.

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Apr 6, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Kerr responds to Curry’s incredible season

Kerr sat down to speak about the troubles Steph had going into this season, as well as how he defied all the odds to produce a stunning individual display of basketball.

“I think what stood out this year, was the response to missing last season, which was disappointing for him and then playing with a brand new group of teammates and not having as much veteran support as he used to have with our championship teams, so had to do a lot more.

“I think yeah this was his most impressive season. But Steph, they are all impressive,” said Kerr.

Kerr focused on the aspects of Curry having no support, yet putting up some impressive numbers on the board. It is difficult to lead a one-man team to victory. The closest anyone came to do it was Allen Iverson with the Philadelphia 76ers back in the early 2000s. However, the monstrous effort Steph put on the court was quite impressive. Surrounded by Oubre Jr, and Andrew Wiggins, Curry had to elevate his game because the aforementioned guys did not perform well. Despite that, he never complained and went on with his work.

So how well did he perform?

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Stephen Curry shot the lights out

The three-time NBA champion was the sole reason that the Warriors made it to the play-in tournament. Be it shooting his trademark deep threes or performing a flashy layup inside, Curry took the league by storm in the regular season. He averaged a career-high 32 points per game and also had a career-high in rebounds by grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game. Scoring points is something but shooting with an effective field goal percentage of 60.5 is astonishing.

Moreover, he surpassed Wilt Chamberlain to become the All-time leading scorer of the Golden State Warriors along with many three-point records. Besides that, Steph got a career-high for points in the game with 62 against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. What’s more impressive is the fact that Steph was also in discussion for the regular season MVP award for some time but Jokic ended up taking the trophy home.

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May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the Warriors didn’t make the playoffs, it is quite clear that Stephen Curry had an amazing season. Heading into the regular season, there were doubts about Curry’s leadership qualities. But, he came through that and provided us with some incredible moments. With Thompson coming back next season, the Warriors will definitely be stronger.

However, Curry will be the key man, yet again.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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