Steph Curry has been one of the standout performers in the 2021-22 NBA season and has led the Golden State Warriors to a 25-6 record so far this season. Although being crowned the best shooter in league history is his biggest achievement so far, fans have heaped praise on the veteran guard for his improvement defensively.
Physically, you can see the muscle gain, as Steph Curry is not willing to be pushed around anymore on defense. His strength is also helping him offensively, as he can finish better through contact.
In a sit-down with ESPN’s Doris Burke, teammate and friend Draymond Green spoke about Steph Curry’s performance defensively and how much work he put in to get to where he is at right now. He talked about how Steph noticed he was being targeted by opposition offenses and made the effort not to be the weak link in the team’s defensive line.
“Steph’s a winner, and he wants to win. And he understands the importance of having a great defense if you’re gonna win. On the flip side of that, for all these years, you’ve had teams ‘pick’ on it,” said Draymond.
“Again, Steph’s a competitor, and so, you’re not just going to keep singling him out and he’s just going to take that. I think the difference is he’s so grounded, and his body with his strength. He moves better laterally, much better than he used to move laterally. And he’s strong! When I say string, I mean strong,” he added.
After going off about how strong Steph Curry is, and how he has changed his routine to work on his strength, Green commended his effort and willingness to be better.
“I think that is the most beautiful thing, to watch a guy actually put the work in, and the improvements that he’s made on the defensive side. Like I said before, he’s one of our best defenders,” said the Golden State Warriors star.
Seeing Steph Curry improve on the defensive end has been a source of added joy for Warriors fans. With his improvement, the Golden State Warriors could have an elite two-way team, putting them in the best position to compete for a championship.