Stephen Curry is a champion yet again.
What better way to end an interesting NBA season – and further cement his pedigree as one of the all time greats – than to win the championship, let alone two?
Curry was definitely a force during the Golden State’s run to its fifth title, its second the past three years, and he made that evident, especially towards the second half of the season.
With the arrival of Kevin Durant at the Bay Area, fans and critics alike, while getting excited on what the offensive trio of Durant-Curry-Klay Thompson can accomplish, were curious on how the team dynamics, the camaraderie, and the collaboration will play out. However, Curry himself made things work out, allowing himself to adjust to a new role, without losing the impact that he has been having on the team.
“Steph definitely took a backseat to start the season,” said Draymond Green after winning the title.
Curry himself acknowledged that, even going as far as saying that he tried to control the situation and make everyone happy. But then, when the Warriors needed him the most during the playoffs, he gave in to his true nature, creating a major impact on the disposition and capability of the team.
To use the words of Draymond, they became “almost unbeatable.”
Golden State soared to the top of the Western Conference with a 67 – 15 regular season record, before holding the world in awe by achieving a 16 – 1 record in the playoffs, the only loss coming from Cleveland in Game 4 of the Finals.
In this last Playoffs, Curry averaged 28.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 2.0 steals. In the Finals, he outdid himself and posted averages of 26.8 points, 9.4 assists, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.2 steals.
Curry unleashed was a sight to behold and the NBA watched as he completed his first ever postseason triple double (32 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) and at the Finals at that.
He made them better offensively whenever he steps on the court, and he brings the right amount of energy needed to make a game-changing run or a crucial defensive stop.
Now, the Golden State Warriors are ranked as one of the best championship teams in NBA history.
Durant, who was named the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, said: “I [have] never seen nobody like him. We feed off him. He’s a leader.”
Curry’s impact as a player translated to victories, and it cultivated the right teamwork needed to achieve those.
Just like Rexona that keeps Steph dry and fresh all day so he can be his best on and off the court, he has also enabled his team’s historical success with his dominant play and winning attitude.
And, to take Curry’s own words, they’re obviously just getting started.