In 2014-15, Steph Curry was the NBA MVP after averaging 23.8 points, 7.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. He shot 48.7 percent from the field, 44.3 percent from 3-point territory, and made 286 treys.
He responded in 2015-16 by becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. He averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest, while shooting 50.4 percent overall and 45.4 percent from deep. He made 402 3-pointers.
What will he do for an encore?
"I want to get better. I want to be better than I was last year," Curry said on Tuesday. "That’s going to be the same, regardless if KD was here or not."
With Kevin Durant wearing the same uniform, it's quite possible that Curry's scoring numbers will decline.
After all, Durant led the league in scoring in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Curry's backcourt mate, Klay Thompson, has increased his scoring average every year of his career -- 12.5 to 16.6 to 18.4 to 21.7 to 22.1.
As Michael Lee of The Vertical wrote: "Privately, the Warriors realized they had put too much pressure on Curry before his body eventually broke down and it was one of the reasons players were busy recruiting Durant while feverishly chasing 73 wins and a second ring."
But that's now how Curry is approaching the season.
"You would think there's less pressure or whatever, but that’s not how I can think," Curry explained. "I still gotta do my job and do it at a very high level for us to be as great as we want to be.”