Stephen Curry is, without question, one of the league’s best pure shooters. His career 44.1 percent three-point shooting clip is nothing short of stellar, especially when you take into account that Ray Allen’s career percentage from deep is an even 40 percent.
Despite Curry’s pedigree as a sniper from downtown, the young guard’s ankles appear as if they’re made of Silly Putty. Curry played just 26 games last season due to nagging ankle problems that kept him sidelined, which crippled the Warriors’ chances at a playoff spot.
In addition, Curry may fit better in the NBA as a shooting guard, at least in my opinion. I may be in the minority with this thought process, but by slotting Curry in the lineup as the team’s point guard, Curry may be being asked to do too much.
Curry is a shooter, and a phenomenal one at that. So why should the Dubs insist upon playing him as the team’s floor general with passing duties when all he should really be focused on is putting the ball in the basket? This is head-scratching considering that Warriors head coach Mark Jackson was a pass-first point guard in his playing days.
Wouldn’t Jackson be more comfortable coaching a system he basically ran when he was a player?
The Warriors' offseason acquisition of Jarrett Jack was a tremendous pickup in this regard. I assumed Golden State was ready to start Jack at the point, move Curry to shooting guard to take some of the pressure off his playmaking duties and utilize Klay Thompson as a sort of uber sixth man.
Early indications insist that Jack will be the backup point guard, though, so I suppose that’s why I’m not a coach.
Anyway, the Warriors' success hinges on the health of Curry moving forward, regardless of what position he plays.
Alpha Dog Test: Fail (It all depends upon Curry’s health, but even if he gets surrounded by the right group of players, Curry would be better suited as the sharpshooting role player on a champ, a la Ray Allen when he was in Boston.)