This article was originally published on Golden Gate Sports.
Stephen Curry had a breakout season this past year for the Golden State Warriors. In the regular season, Curry averaged 22.9 points (seventh in the NBA), 6.9 assists, four rebounds, and 1.6 steals on 45.1 percent shooting, 45.3 percent shooting from the three-point line (third in the NBA), and 90 percent free-throw shooting (second in the NBA). In the postseason, Curry averaged 23.4 points (sixth in the NBA), 8.1 assists (second in the NBA), 3.8 rebounds, and 1.7 steals on 43.4 percent shooting, 39.6 percent shooting from the three-point line, and 92.1 percent free-throw shooting.
Although Curry wasn’t selected to the 2012-2013 Western Conference All-Star Team, he played at an all-star calibur level throughout the entire season. What’s even more impressive is that he was coming off of two ankle surgeries on his right ankle in the past two offseasons. The Warriors organization and its fans had no idea how many games he would be able to play after playing only 26 games and being shut down due to his right ankle injuries in the shortened 2011-2012 season (only 66 total games instead of 82 games). Curry was able to play 78 games during the regular season and 90 games total, including the postseason, which is astonishing given the amount of ankle sprains he’s had.
Curry is considered a superstar and one of the best point guards in the NBA by many people, but every superstar can improve their game in some way or another. With Monta Ellis not on the team anymore, Curry knew he had to become more of a leader and become more of a vocal presence on the team this past season, which he certainly did.
Here are three things Curry can improve on next season: