2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Last year in the NBA, Curry was the league’s best point guard. This upcoming year, however, changed because of Kevin Durant. While Chef will most likely have another explosive year, it won’t be nearly as explosive as 2015-16. The scoring stats will fall since they need to work Kevin Durant into the offense, but the assist numbers now have a chance to rise becuase they need to work Kevin Durant into the offense.
What also might be shaken up is how Curry plays defense. Last year, Thompson matched up against opponent’s best guard to keep Steph fresh for offense. With even more firepower, Curry won’t be needed as heavily, and Steve Kerr might match him up more often against Paul, Lillard, and guys like that. And that might impact him negatively since he’s not exactly a lockdown defender.
Regardless of what happens, Curry will remain in the conversation for league’s best player, although I believe LeBron took that back. Just as I said Kyrie is unguarable, Steph is also unguarable because no one wants to come and defend out at 35-feet risk being blown by. If someone does come out that high, Curry dances with the ball and gets to the cup, simple as that.
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