Steph Curry's bold statement last year is scaringly coming true today. After the play-in tournament exit in the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies, the sharpshooter claimed the Golden State Warriors would be back, and teams wouldn't want to see them a year after. At 12-2 atop the Western Conference standings, his prediction is happening right before our eyes.
Last season's letdown
Last season, with a depleted lineup, Curry almost single-handedly towed the Warriors to the playoffs. They got bounced out in the play-in tournament, but Curry remained proud. When asked about his opinions on how the season went for Golden State, he revealed it was a new experience the team could use next year.
"And a new experience for me, Draymond and Loon, try to make the most of it. Come back, bottle this up, everybody make the right strides, take advantage of the summer and you don't want to see us next year."
Stephen Curry, NBCS Warriors Twitter
Those bold statements from Curry regarding Golden State were highly questionable, especially considering the unsureness about when Klay Thompson would return to the lineup. When the post-game interview happened, the Warriors were still to make their offseason moves. Eventually, it turned out to be a boring summer for the franchise.
Golden State failed to add marquee players, but the team is off to a great start. They sit atop the Western Conference standings at 12-2, and Thompson is about to make his comeback sooner than expected. With everybody finally healthy and settling in nicely to their roles, Steph's prediction is coming true: no teams would want to face them now and in the playoffs.
Steph Curry leading the Warriors' charge
The Warriors lead the NBA in offensive and defensive ratings, assists, and rebounds per game. They're not supposed to be this good, at least without Klay in the lineup, but here they are playing beautiful basketball on both ends of the floor. For coach Steve Kerr, what makes the team hard to defend is Steph Curry.
"Steph Curry. Steph is… there has never been anybody like him. He's an offense just by himself. He's going to pull defenders to himself even when 35 feet away from the hoop."
Steve Kerr, NBCS Warriors Twitter
At 33 years old, Curry's decline should start showing. Instead, he's making bold predictions and making them happen. Steph's the catalyst of the Warriors team, and his teammates will follow his lead. The Warriors should not be this good defensively, with aging forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. Instead, the team leads the league in defensive rating because of unheralded additions such as Gary Payton II.
Good thing Curry only predicted other teams wouldn't want to face them after a year because had he predicted the Warriors were going to win the title after a year, there's no doubt it might happen with the way they are playing.