Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry will make his return on Thursday night against the Toronto Raptors after not playing since Oct. 30 because of a hand injury.
The 31-year-old point guard played in just four games this season, averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game, shooting 41 percent from the field, 24 percent from three and a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line.
This season was set to be the true test of Curry’s greatness. After the departure of Kevin Durant, which saw the acquisition of D’Angelo Russell, and a season ending injury to Klay Thompson in June, Curry was facing the task of keeping the Warriors relevant in a Western Conference that featured new dynamic duos and potential dynasties.
The two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA Finals champion broke his hand on Oct. 30 and has been rehabbing the injury since. With the Warriors owning the worst record in the league, the only thing left to play for is pride. But to a team that made five straight NBA Finals, pride is the most important thing.
Fortunately for the Warriors, the pool of players for the draft this year is balanced, so the number one overall pick isn’t as desirable as past drafts.
Before the trade deadline, the Warriors traded Russell to the Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is a versatile forward who has never lived up to the hype of being a number one overall pick and honing the nickname “Maple Jordan”.
Now on a championship winning organization, the talent of Wiggins can be utilized properly. When Thompson returns, Wiggins will be the third scoring option and guarded by weaker opponents. Thompson will be the primary defender against a team’s best player, while Wiggins can use his athleticism to roam the court and be a safety on defense.
Enjoy a postseason without the Warriors, because they will be back.