Are the Stephen Curry Led Golden State Warriors Exceeding Expectations?

Published 02/05/2021, 10:13 PM EST
Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) high fives Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23), guard-forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Kevon Looney (5) after scoring a three point basket and foul against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors had the worst start to the season possible. During the off-season, they lost Klay Thompson, their second-best player, to injury for a second successive season.

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He was ruled out for the entire season, and that’s when everyone predicted that Warriors would struggle to establish their dominance in the west.

According to ESPN, an Eastern Conference executive said, “I think they have almost no shot at the playoffs. Unless Draymond has a renaissance, Steph might be everything that he’s ever been, and they still might not make the playoffs.”

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In fact, an ESPN preseason preview ranked the Warriors at the 14th spot in the West. They gave the Warriors just a 9% chance to make the playoffs and predicted them to win around 31 games.

But after 22 games played, the Warriors hold the seventh seed in the West with a 12-10 record. So, how are they outdoing expectations?

MVP-level Stephen Curry

Curry is currently averaging 28.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. This is his second-best points per game tally for his career. The 32-year-old has been carrying their offense and has had a phenomenal return after playing just five games in the previous season.

Curry is proving all predictions wrong, which said he won’t be able to lead their offense without Klay. He obviously has other players chipping in, but Steph is doing a wonderful job leading them.

Jan 28, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after making a three point basket against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green orchestrating the Warriors

In the first four games, the Warriors were scrambling on both ends. They looked confused on offense and had no clue how to get the best out of Curry.

Defense wasn’t any better, and the lack of a leader hurt them. They somehow managed two wins against the Bulls and Pistons, but the Bucks and the Nets pummelled them.

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However, things changed when Draymond Green arrived. He was the leader they needed, and he took charge, orchestrating their offense, while also leading their defense. The Warriors have been playing a lot more organized since his arrival.

Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) congratulates guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

These two factors are the major reasons the Warriors are in a playoff spot now. The resurgence of Andrew Wiggins, the recent form of Kelly Oubre Jr and the impressive rookie displays from James Wiseman have also helped their campaign.

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For a team expected to finish second-last, they have been brilliant. The season isn’t over yet, but if they carry this momentum, they will ruin a lot of predictions.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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