Mar 5, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a layup against Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Warriors defeated the Wizards 120 – 100. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
The main guy, the stud, the star, the all-star. These are a couple of words that ALL Warrior fans have to call Stephen Curry. Although tragically plagued by injury, Curry has an incredible amount of potential, and will be an NBA all-star this year. Curry will be the Warriors go-to scorer. He’s also a great PG. Will he be the leading scorer for the Warriors?
Curry plays defense pretty well, shoots the ball at an amazing speed and makes it, and also fills up the stat sheet every night that he’s healthy. Projecting Stephen Curry’s averages for 2012-2013.
Points: Curry is a pure scorer, and he will end up playing at the 2 guard a lot, with the addition of Jarrett Jack. He will spread the floor, and make his open shots, while also fearlessly driving on shot blockers like Dwight Howard. Curry, if healthy, will average around 15.8 PPG. I know, that’s a pretty big ‘if’.
Assists: While also being efficient, Curry has great court vision and isn’t selfish. He won’t lead the team with assists, but he’ll do a nice job with getting other scorers going. With other shooters like Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack, and Brandon Rush, Curry shouldn’t have a problem getting the assists. He will average 6 Assists per game.
Rebounds: I know it’s not a guard’s job to rebound the ball, rather to sprint the floor and get an easy layup. Good PG’s like Chris Paul, Steve Nash, and even Jarrett Jack do get triple doubles, however. That’s because they know where to be at the right time. He could potentially average 4 Rebounds per game. Then again, I may be getting ahead of myself here.
Steals: Like all good PG’s Steph has good vision, timing, and guile. He can sneak up behind centers posting up, and steal the ball from them. He can also get into the passing lanes well. It’s not easy to fill up the stat sheet with steals, however, so I project that he will average 1 steal per game.
Turnovers: This is a big one. Most guards turn the ball over a lot because they are the ones who have to handle. Sometimes, a player just loses focus: he throws it away, travels with the ball, smashes into another player, or fails to glance at the shot clock. Curry, although young, doesn’t do many of these too often, so he may average about 2 TO’s a game