Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which Monte Poole will highlight a different Warriors player every day leading up to the start of training camp.
Player: Stephen Curry
Salary: $11.37 million, third year of four-year, $44 million extension signed in October 2012.
2014-15 in review: Curry was the best player on the best team in the league. He won the MVP award. The point guard rang up more votes than anyone else in the balloting for the NBA All-Star Game and was a unanimous choice for the All-NBA First Team. His popularity, already high, soared into the stratosphere.
Curry averaged 23.8 points (sixth in the NBA), 7.7 assists (sixth), 2.04 steals (fourth) and 32.7 minutes per game. He led the league in free throw shooting (91.4 percent) and finished third in 3-point shooting percentage (44.3). The six-year veteran ranked first in Plus-Minus (+11.5) and Net Rating (17.0). He set a record for 3-pointers in a season with 286. He had, along the way, 17 30-point games, three 40-point games and a one 50-point game.
And, just for the heck of it, he played the most reliable defense of his career while also putting Under Armour in bold letters on the sneakerhead map.
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Curry last season established himself as a legitimate superstar, able to lead a team to the top. He did it with style and grace, with jumpers and floaters -- and the kind of mesmerizing ball handling that won’t be forgotten by the likes of future Hall of Famer Chris Paul.
2015-16 outlook: Curry believes he can get better, and there is no reason to question him.
Curry will enter the season with three primary goals:
- Stay healthy
- Lead his team to another championship
- Improve his assist-to-turnover ratio for the fourth consecutive season.
If he is successful with his first goal, there is a reasonable chance he could succeed in the other two. If healthy -- and he’s on a pretty good run over the last three seasons -- Curry will be in the MVP conversation for years to come.
One thing to watch: How will Curry handle demands that pile up by the hour? He did OK last season but his star continues to rise. Coach Steve Kerr expressed concern about it last season and certainly will be vigilant about during the coming season.