Steph sure he can reach elite level for ‘foreseeable future’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Steph Curry will turn 33 this month, but at the rate he has been playing on the court, you would hardly be able to tell.
Curry has already solidified himself as an NBA legend and one of the purest shooters in the game. However, the two-time NBA MVP has displayed a sudden recharge in the first half of the 2020-’21 season. With two games remaining until the All-Star Break, Curry is averaging 29.5 points per game with a 47.8 field goal percentage and 41.3 percentage from beyond the arc. His average made 3-pointers per game (4.8) is tied with CJ McCollum for most in the league. And once again, his play has been noteworthy enough to garner consideration for his third MVP award.
Curry is somehow defying physics as he approaches his mid-thirties. After he broke his hand five games into the Warriors’ season last year, he has been able to revamp his regime and reset his focus.
“Last year, only playing five games with the injury and the pandemic, it’s all about the mental, how you approach the situation that you’re either in or coming out of or going in to,” Curry said on a video conference with reporters Tuesday. “That’s always ever-changing.”
Curry also noted that while it obviously wasn’t ideal to miss the majority of last season, it did help restore some of the usage he lost during the Warriors’ five-year playoff run. He has used the opportunity to “manifest” his dominant play so far this season, and he believes he can keep up the production for seasons to come.
“I’ve had good juice about it coming into this season and it’s obviously showing on the court,” he said. “My body feels great, the work I’ve put in in the offseason kind of manifested and has given me more confidence that this is going to be the norm for the foreseeable future.”
The Warriors certainly hope that is the case. If Curry can keep up his current level of play, and with Klay Thompson set to return next year, Golden State easily will have one of the most feared backcourts in the NBA once more. With talents like James Wiseman and Jordan Poole rising up the ranks, the Warriors could once again have one of the best rosters in the league.
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However, a lot of that will depend on Curry’s health, and the seven-time NBA All-Star insists he feels great. He also pointed out the recent advancements within the sport that have led to the ability to continue playing at such a high caliber, regardless of age.
“This generation of players is a little better-suited … with sports science, the way we train, the way we take care of our bodies, the information we use to our advantage,” Curry said. “That’s been going on, for me, for the last eight, nine years. All those things will add into me being in a good position in my mid-thirties.”
Safe to say, the idea of Curry carrying on this elite level of performance for years to come is music to the Warriors’ (and Dub Nation’s) ears. Once again, Curry is continuing to both impress the sport and change the game.
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