Why Steph Curry's Superstar Status Should Not Be Questioned This Year

Yours truly is not the biggest fan of hypotheticals and/or silly comparisons.

But let's go ahead and dabble.

On Tuesday morning's edition of "First Things First," Fox Sports 1 host Nick Wright said the following about Steph Curry:

"What this season is gonna allow us to see with Steph -- is what type of superstar is he? We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's the greatest shooter of all-time, that he's a champion and that when he has a complementary cast of other great players he can be one of the most selfless superstars we've ever seen.

"What we don't yet know is can he do what we have seen the other great players in this league do which is when you don't have great supporting players around you -- when you do have to be something of a one-man show -- is that something that his game is suited for?

"Warriors fans love taking shots at Russell Westbrook the year that KD went to Golden State and Russ was a one-man show. But what Russ did that year -- with a second-best player of Victor Oladipo and a third-best player of Enes Kanter -- was carry a team to 47 wins through his individual effort and greatness.

"That's what we haven't had to see yet from Steph Curry. That's what this year is gonna tell us, if we can see it from Steph Curry."

You sure we haven't seen that yet from Curry?

In 2013 -- before the two-time NBA MVP was considered a superstar (he wasn't even an All-Star until 2014) -- he led the Warriors to 47 wins and the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

Over the final 30 regular season games, Curry averaged 26.0 points and 7.4 assists while shooting over 46 percent from deep. And in Golden State's first round upset of the No. 3 seed Nuggets, he averaged 24.3 points and and 9.3 assists. 

Even though Klay Thompson wasn't the player he is today and rookie Draymond Green averaged just 13.4 minutes per game, Curry's supporting cast was in fact better than Westbrook's.

But the Western Conference in 2013 (the Rockets were the No. 8 seed with 45 wins and five teams won 56 games or more) definitely was tougher than it was in 2017 (the Blazers were the No. 8 seed with 41 wins and only two teams won at least 56 games).

The point of this article isn't to disparage Westbrook's performance in 2017 because that would be silly. He was sensational and won the MVP.

We just want to make sure people provide proper context when discussing Curry -- such as remembering that it's very different when you are coming off five straight trips to the NBA Finals (Curry) and have a completely overhauled roster, vs. wanting to prove the whole world wrong after you were blindsided by Kevin Durant leaving (Westbrook).

Ultimately, we only are three games into the season and who knows what will transpire with trades, injuries, etc. All of that should matter when having these sorts of discussions where people take a side.

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Also, Wright didn't really help his cause when he said that no matter what happens this season, Curry "can't go backwards legacy-wise."

Then what point was he even trying to make? That there are different types of superstars and Curry is a lesser one if he doesn't get this specific Warriors squad to the playoffs?

Who cares?

Yeah, let's move on.

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