After being taken with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft following a Cinderella run with Davidson in the NCAA Tournament, Stephen Curry was not the immediate face of the Golden State Warriors that we know today. While he was good his first two seasons in the league, averaging 17.5 and 18.6 ppg along with 5.9 and 5.8 assists, these performances came with a heavy price. After battling numerous ankle sprains throughout his sophomore season, Curry had surgery to repair multiple torn ligaments in his ankle after the season was over. He was expected to be ready for the 2011-’12 campaign but suffered yet another ankle sprain in the preseason. After suffering two more ankle sprains by February, Steph’s season was over with when he had another surgery that April. He was limited to just 26 games that season, in which his ppg average dropped down to 14.7.
Despite his tough season, the Warriors granted Steph a four-year, $44 million contract extension, and although it was viewed as risky at the time, it became one of the best moves the franchise has ever made as during the 2012-’13 season; the legacy of the “Splash Brothers” was born.
During that 2012-’13 season, Curry averaged 22.9 ppg and 6.9 assists per game and led the Warriors back to the playoffs, where after beating the Nuggets in the first round, would eventually fall to the San Antonio Spurs in the second round. Curry built on his success in the 2013-14′ season, averaging 24.0 ppg and 8.5 assists en route to his first all-star selection. From that point on, Stephen hasn’t looked back, going on to win the league MVP award in both the 2014-’15 season, as well as the first Unanimous MVP award in league history during a historic 2016-’16 campaign in which the Warriors recorded the greatest regular season record in NBA history finishing with a record of 73-9.
Here we are four years later, and Golden State is heading to their fourth straight finals matchup against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Steph and the Warriors won the first meeting in 2015 and were on the cusp of repeating in 2016 before a legendary performance from LeBron James to bring the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit. In 2017, the Warriors were champions once again, beating the Cavs in just five games; Steph averaging 26.8 ppg, 9.4 assists, and 8.0 rebounds a game.
Curry is now 30 years old and has already been dubbed the greatest shooter of his generation and by some the greatest shooter of all time. In addition, he is credited with being one of the most dynamic scorers in the NBA today, as well as having some of the top ball handling skills of all time.
Playing on a team that has turned into a dynasty and heading to his fourth straight finals, the question can be posed that when all is said and done where will Stephen Curry rank amongst the greatest players of all time? While he may never reach actual GOAT status, with the resume he has put together, along with any future achievements he will surely receive, is it out of the question to say that barring any major injuries he could be a top ten player all time by the time he retires? Share your thoughts in the comments section and poll below.