Stephen Curry will be a Warrior for a long time. The two-time MVP has agreed to a 5-year, $201-million designated player maximum contract to remain with the team that drafted him, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Curry’s resume speaks for itself. He had what some would call a “down” season for him and he still managed to be one of the best three or four players in the NBA.
Curry’s season went under the radar because, well, Kevin Durant was added to the Warriors’ stable. But he averaged 25.3 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game last season and shot 41 percent from three point range on 10 attempts per game. He wasn’t in the MVP conversation last season, but you’d better believe he was one of the best five players in the league.
Curry returning to the Warriors comes as no surprise. He was due for a big pay day after signing a 4 year, $44 million deal with the Warriors in 2012 because of injury concerns. Now? He’s been one of the best players in the league for quite some time now and he’s finally being paid like it.
What does Curry bring for the Warriors?
Shooting. Duh. And a lot of other stuff. He is the center of their universe.
Curry has two things that separate him from everyone else in the league: He can score in bunches and he can pour it in from spaces no one else can consistently. He’s pretty much money from any spot on the floor and even if he’s not, his ability to hit anywhere from deep makes up for it.
His range is something that can’t be replicated and is so hard to defend. He’s a threat to pull up as soon as he steps on the court at any time — even out of a dribble. Defenses have to respect that. And even when they do, they might still be toast.
No other player in the league is able to make that shot, and he does it consistently. He shot a career low three point percentage of 41 percent last season, but that’s better than most players around the league.
He’s revolutionized the game in a way we may never see again. He’ll be worth every single penny the Warriors pay him.
What do I need to know about this contract?
Curry became the first player to sign the new “supermax” contract created by the new collective bargaining agreement. What is the “supermax?” Let us explain:
The cream of the crop — guys who have either won an MVP award in any of the past three seasons; have been named to an All-NBA team or have won Defensive Player of the Year in two of the last three seasons — are eligible for a “designated player” contract of five (or six) years at 35 percent of the cap. This only applies if they stayed with their original team.
After being woefully underpaid for most of his career, Curry is finally (deservedly) cashing in.
The Warriors had to do this
Curry’s been the sun that all the Warriors’ pieces orbit around for the last five years, and retaining him was their biggest priority. He might not be better than Kevin Durant, but he is their most important player. Without him, they’re still a very good team, but they’re not one of the best of all time.
Luckily, the Warriors won’t have to worry abut this anymore.