Nothing is forever, and even the great ones fall someday. In the case of basketball players, no matter how great they may be, there will come a time that they start slowing down. Given the slump he's been on, has Steph Curry reached that point?
Steph Curry struggling this year
Curry has been struggling this season which is not an issue because the Golden State Warriors keep on winning. The return of Klay Thompson and the surprising performance of the bench mob led by Gary Payton II and Jordan Poole help deflect the attention from Steph’s struggles.
It’s not even the All-Star break yet, and Curry already had five worst-shooting games of his career this season. The last time he shot 5-21 in a ball game was more than ten years ago in 2010. So what seems to be the problem with Steph? Heck, even Russell Westbrook is shooting better than Steph from the field this season.
At 34-13, 2nd in Western Conference standings, it’s surprising to know that the Golden State Warriors are still fine despite their main star going ice cold more for than a few games. Kudos to the front office for building a team with enough firepower to cover for anyone's struggles. This shows that Golden State is not only a Curry, a Klay Thompson or, a Draymond Green team.
Is this the decline of Steph Curry?
Steph is now 33 years old. Players who still play at a high level, despite advancing in age, must be recognized for the dedication they put in taking care of their bodies, and Curry is one of them. Still, if we are witnessing the decline of Curry’s game, he’s very well within the age bracket. Fans may struggle to accept it, but Father Time is undefeated.
Maybe Curry shows up in the next ten games and starts firing on all cylinders to prove anyone wrong. Fortunately, shooters enjoy having longer careers as they tend to preserve their bodies longer by avoiding the grind inside the paint.
Everyone has a slump here and there, and there are a few objective factors that could explain Steph's struggles. The team is working hard to reintegrate Klay Thompson into the mix, and more importantly, the team's main playmaker Draymond Green's been out.
Curry has time to readjust his sights and start draining shots from all over the floor. If this happens, this slump should motivate all of us to feel grateful for witnessing Steph Curry’s greatness because, in reality, it won’t last forever.