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Ever since the Ellis trade, this has been Curry's franchise. As such, the expectation of him last year was to become the franchise player. He outdid what anyone thought he would do, playing at an MVP level down the stretch and taking over the postseason like he did during his days at Davidson.
Entering this season, Curry was viewed as a superstar—a player who could make the All-Star team and still have a disappointing year. He was expected to do nothing less than make an All-NBA team, lead the Warriors to 50-plus wins and be the best shooting-passing threat since Steve Nash in his prime.
Check, check, check and then some. Curry played in 78 games for the second straight season, and his averages of 24.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals on 47.1 percent shooting, 42.4 percent three-point shooting and 88.5 percent free-throw shooting create a combination of numbers the league has never really seen.
He followed up the greatest three-point shooting season of all time with the fourth-greatest of all time. He started the NBA All-Star Game, is guaranteed an All-NBA spot and led the Warriors to 51 wins. The most impressive thing, however, is none of this.
The fact is that Curry expanded his game in a way this season that only the great ones do.
He raised his field-goal percentage 20 points, even though his three-point volume increased while his percentage dropped 29 points. He got to the line 0.8 more times than last season, scored 1.1 additional points and had assists by 1.6 per game. He placed himself with the elite passers in the game and became a more committed, competent defender.
He hit six game-winning shots, three of which came inside of two seconds. When it wasn't Curry hitting game-winners, he was finding the guy who was hitting them. He finished fourth in the NBA in win shares, after Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kevin Love.
He should also finish third in MVP voting, although he almost certainly will not.
Final Grade: A