Steph Curry has improved consistently for most of his career. He won back to back MVPs and has put up ridiculous numbers year after year. He’s set the bar extremely high for himself, and now it’s catching up to him.
This season the Warriors have been fantastic, but Curry hasn’t stood out like he has in the past. His numbers can’t keep up with last year, and he isn’t taking over games like he used to. But Curry isn’t worried, and he’s tired of hearing people throw the word “slump” around.
“Yeah, I heard the words ‘slump’ and ‘down year’ and all sorts of other ways to describe something that wasn’t really a problem for me,” Curry told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “I obviously hold myself to the highest standard. Still, at this point, I’m not at the numbers I was last year, but I’m not worried about that because it’s a different year. Every shot I take, I have confidence I’m going to make it, and over the course of the season, I expect that to show itself as we go along.”
The biggest factor is likely the addition of Kevin Durant. Instead of both being the go to guy on their own teams, they now share that duty with each other. As a result, they’re both putting up good numbers but failing to reach the insane ones they did on their own.
“There’s a lot of scrutiny over something, to me, that wasn’t really an issue — knowing that it will all average out, most likely,” Curry said. “I try to get better from year to year, so if you survey it from that standpoint just off of raw numbers, I’m not achieving my goal right now. But there are a lot of things that go into it, obviously.
“It doesn’t matter what the numbers say. If we’re winning, and I’m doing my job, my teammates know I’m doing my job, that’s all I’m worried about.”
The fact that people even call this a slump is pretty crazy. Yeah, he’s not putting up the 50-45-90 numbers that got him a unanimous MVP award last season, but he’s still outshooting most of the league with 47 percent from the floor and 40.1 percent from deep. Expecting a player to have record breaking seasons every year is completely absurd.