After amassing 31 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals to spearhead a 115-94 victory over the dominant Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, it is more evident than ever that Stephen Curry and the upstart Golden State Warriors will be a team to be reckoned with when the playoffs commence.
The 24-year-old Curry, who the Warriors (22-10) took out of Davidson College with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, has managed to remain healthy and is averaging 20.4 points, 4.5 boards and 6.5 dishes over 32 games to date.
The formidable trio of Curry, who inked a 4-year contract extension worth $44 million with Golden State last summer, David Lee and Harrison Barnes have finally given starved Warriors fans a reason to cheer and believe.
Provided brittle center Andrew Bogut eventually recovers from microfracture surgery and contributes solid minutes in the spring, Mark Jackson’s squad has the potential to become a staying and powerful force in the Western Conference.
Regardless of the Warriors’ ultimate success in 2013, it’s apparent that the 6-foot-3, 185 pound Curry, who finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting to Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, is a budding superstar.
Curry, a consensus First Team All-American in 2009 who has now netted a 3-pointer in 23 straight games, is the type of player a franchise can build around to win a crown.
Although the Warriors won’t capture the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy in “The Town,” don’t be shocked if a talent like Curry guides the team to a title sometime after the organization crosses the Bay and returns to San Francisco.
Stephen Curry is an artist on the hardwood whose skills will soon be more appreciated when they are showcased in “The Paris of the West.”by