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5 Reasons the Warriors Should Part Ways With Steph Curry

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5 Reasons the Warriors Should Part Ways With Steph Curry

Steph Curry has taken the NBA by storm over the past two seasons by shooting the lights out from long-range.  He has wowed fans with his tricky dribbling and slick passing and the fans of Golden State absolutely love him.  However, when it comes to building a championship team you sometimes have to be willing to make the big move.  This past summer the Warriors did just that when they went out and got the top player available, Kevin Durant.  Now with Curry becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer they may have to make an even bigger move.  They might have to say goodbye to Steph Curry.  Here I give you 5 reasons why not keeping Curry might be the best move they have made yet.


It’s all about the money

Curry has been one of the best bargains in the NBA over the last few seasons.  He is a 2-time MVP and yet ranks 82nd in the league on the salary list at a little over 12 million dollars for this season.  This helped the Warriors to be able to sign Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and allowed them cap space to land 2016’s biggest free agent, Kevin Durant.  However, that is all about to change for Curry.  He is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season and you can bet that he is about to get a major pay raise.  With the new CBA in place, it is rumored that Curry will land a massive contract that could reach as high as $200 million dollars over 5 years.  This is why I believe the Warriors have to say goodbye to Steph this off-season.  Kevin Durant will become a free agent again at the end of the 2017-18 season and unless he is willing to take less money, the Warriors could put themselves in a difficult situation.  It’s not impossible for the Warriors to keep Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, but if they do it will severely limit the quality of team they can put around them.  They will be forced to search for aging players in search of a championship to join them for lower pay.  They will also be depending on a little luck with some of their late round draft picks to perform.  That’s a tough position to be in even if you do have Durant, Curry, Green and Thompson in your lineup.


The Injuries are mounting up

Just a few short years ago the leagues experts were saying that Steph Curry would never make it in the NBA.  They had a lot of evidence to back that claim up too.  Curry quickly was becoming known as a guy with weak ankles.  In 2010 Curry rolled his right ankle in a game vs the San Antonio Spurs.  He would continue to have problems throughout the season as he rolled it 7 more times and was forced to have surgery to repair the ankle in the off-season.  In the 2011-12 season we began to see more of the same.  Steph would only be able to make 26 appearances for the entire season and would have a 2nd surgery to repair that same right ankle.  Curry would prove many people wrong as he managed to stay relatively healthy over the next couple seasons.  In fact he went on to win back-to-back MVP awards.  Steph would then face a new injury in the 2016 playoffs vs the Rockets.  Near the end of the 1st half he would slip on the floor and suffer a severe sprain to his right knee.  He ended up missing almost 2 weeks of playoff basketball and never really looked the same after returning to the team.  Now I’m no expert on ankle and knee injuries, but I do understand the aging process.  I know that old injuries tend to come back as you get a little more wear and tear on your body.  Can the Warriors really risk a $200 million dollar contract on a guy with a history of injuries mounting up?  I say no.


They Need a lock-down defender

I mentioned aging in the last segment and the Warriors currently have a guy who they have turned to in the past as their lock-down defender.  That player was Andre Iguodala.  The problem here is that age is starting to show on Iguodala here recently.  Iggy is 32 years old and has shown signs of his abilities starting to fade.  This is where the gap for the Warriors needs filled.  In the Christmas Day game vs the Cleveland Cav’s, Curry was relegated to the bench when it became crunch time.  Steve Kerr showed that when it comes to stopping someone in a do or die scenario that he doesn’t have much faith in Curry.  If this is the case and Curry is a liability on defense, then how can you pay him $200 million dollars.  What the Warriors need to complete this team and round it out is someone who can stop the other teams best guy on a regular basis.  This is why I believe they could become a better team even without Curry if they are able to fill that roll.


They have Durant/Green/Thompson, do they even need Curry?

Now this point is obviously the most debatable of all points. No one can know for sure if the Warriors would be as good without Steph.  So let’s just imagine for a second a Steph-less Warrior team.  Steph Curry is a rhythm player.  He needs to put up a lot of shots.  With the addition of Kevin Durant that can be a problem from time to time.  It is clear that Durant has stepped into the roll of the best player on the team, but he is also surrounded by a couple other great players besides Curry.  Klay Thompson has been known to go off on some unbelievable shooting sprees during the season and Draymond Green is the most well-rounded player they have.  He puts up numbers in every category on the stat sheet night in and night out.  So with an addition of a lock-down defender and Durant, Green and Klay it is possible that the Warriors would be just fine without him and maybe better.  Look I’m not diminishing the shooting aspect that Curry brings to the team, but looking forward, a $200 million dollar contract for Curry might not be what is best for them as a team.


He may have already reached his ceiling

Over the past two seasons Curry has put on a clinic and redefined long-range shooting.  He has become so good at long-range shots that Sports Center often has his shots he hits after the buzzer in their top 10 plays.  In 2014-15 Steph broke the NBA record for the most 3-pt FG’s in a season with 286, in fact he broke his own record of 272.  Then again in 2015-16 Curry showed why he is the deadliest deep range shooter in the NBA.  He not only beat his previous record, he destroyed it.  He finished the 2015-16 season with 402 3-pt FG’s made.  This is astonishing to say the least.  I mean we see records broken from time to time, but rarely are they by such a large margin.  Which brings me to my next point.  Have we seen the best of Curry already?  I think the answer is yes, at least if he stays with the Warriors we have.  With the addition of Kevin Durant I can’t see a scenario where Curry is ever able to put up such numbers.  I also think his MVP days are over.  he is no longer the shining star for the Warriors.  Now keep in mind that Curry was a big part of why Durant joined Golden State, so we can assume that he understood that coming in.  However, I think the record-breaking seasons for Steph Curry are a thing of the past.  Sure we will see flashes of his greatness here and there, but not on a consistent basis.  Which again brings us back to the money.  Is he still a $200 million dollar player as far as the Warriors are concerned?  I think the answer to that is no.



Obviously the perfect scenario for the Warriors would be to win another Championship and then see what happens, but I can assure you that the front office in Golden State have already started thinking about this.  We still have half a season left and a lot of things can happen between now and then, so all we can do now is wait and see.

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