Cary Emondson-USA TODAY Sports
It's not an exaggeration to say the weight of a franchise is on Stephen Curry's ankles.
Now, before anyone goes and gets all upset that this slide is accusing Stephen Curry of being anything other than awesome, let's explain what this slide means.
Stephen Curry is an amazing player and one of the best in the league. He is the clear-cut star of the team, and without him the Warriors would be at the bottom of the Western Conference.
And that's why he's the No. 1 issue heading into the year. Without him on the court, the Warriors are in serious trouble.
Curry has a history of serious ankle problems, having had major surgery on each ankle in back-to-back summers. They held up for most of the year, but then he sprained his ankles twice in the playoffs.
Though he has taken steps forward in staying healthy, his sprain against the Spurs showed how problematic those ankles can be. It twisted in a non-contact situation during a cut players make all the time. And that one tweak hindered Curry for the rest of the series.
So Warriors fans are holding their breathes, hoping that the franchise savior doesn't miss significant time this year. But injuries aren't the only concern when it comes to Curry.
The Warriors rely on him too much. He's too integral to the team. This causes problems when he misses time, of course, but also when he's on the bench.
According to 82games.com, the Warriors are an amazing eight points worse on offense per 100 possessions with Curry off the court.
And that was with a great backup like Jarrett Jack. Without Jack, expect that difference to be even greater.
What this boils down to is that Stephen Curry is too valuable to the Warriors, especially for someone with such a troubled injury history.
It's also a small miracle that Curry didn't suffer a major injury last year. He had some tweaks here and there, but considering he was seventh in the league in minutes per game and played 78 games, he could have had it a lot worse.
The Warriors need to figure out a backup option, because Curry can't play those kinds of minutes again without significant risk of a major injury. And if that happens, the Warriors will really be hurting.
Between new expectations, a logjam at the wing, a new bench unit, troubles with David Lee and an overreliance on Stephen Curry, the Warriors have many issues to address going into the season.
Call me crazy, but putting all of your eggs into a basket with two ankles made of paper mache makes me very nervous. So in relation to everything else, Curry takes the cake as the the No. 1 issue.