Golden State Warriors: 3 Things Stephen Curry Can Improve On Next Season

1. Curry must get physically stronger.

Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) during the second half of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won97-95. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Curry is listed at 6’3″ and 185 pounds. His build is smaller than most point guards, especially compared to some stockier point guards like Deron Williams (209 pounds), Raymond Felton (205 pounds), or Chauncey Billups (210 pounds). Curry has said in the past that he didn’t want to become too strong though, because it might affect his mobility around the court. However, he has never been known to be a speedy point guard, so as long as he can build muscle effectively, he should be able to maintain his mobility. For example, Russell Westbrook is physically very strong, but he only weighs 187 pounds. His speed and quickness allow him to get to the rim and finish or get to the free throw line.

Another example is Ty Lawson, who weighs 195 pounds and is also stockier than Curry. Lawson is one of the quickest guards in the NBA, and he uses his strength and speed effectively. If Curry can gain five or ten more pounds of muscle, he would be able to perform better on defense and will be able to get to the rim or the foul line more. A stronger build could also help Curry take less of a beating when he drives to the basket.

“I’ll work on getting stronger, continue to work on my body,” Curry said in his end-of-the-season exit interview. “The more minutes you play and the more grind and physical play you endure through the course of a season, you have to re-charge and get your body right for the next season.”

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