Steph Curry is already the greatest Golden State warrior of all time. there is no doubt. But Monday night against the visiting Denver Nuggets, he has the chance to overtake legendary Wilt Chamberlain and become the player with the most points in franchise history.
Even without his backcourt partner Klay Thompson, Curry has had an incredible season for the Warriors. The playmaker averages a stat line comparable to his season as a unanimous MVP and over his last five games, he’s averaged 37 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while shooting 43% from depth.
In fact, the Golden State point guard once again leads the league in three points with 214, his eighth season with over 200 threes, the most in NBA history (one more than teammate Thompson).
He is an offense to himself and on Monday night he will only need 18 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain and become the top scorer in Warriors history. As it stands, Curry is sitting at 17,765, with Chamberlain pushing forward on 17,783,
“It’s surreal, to be honest,” Curry said of another NBA legend’s potential overtake.
“It’s pretty crazy. Knowing where it started and everything that has happened in the course of the career – it’s a pretty big step that, God willing, when it does, I will appreciate that moment. “
With Curry averaging 30 points per game for the season, just behind Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, chances are he won’t need two cherry bites to reach the benchmark.
While Wilt Chamberlain is perhaps best known for his accomplishments with the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, he was first drafted and signed by the Philadelphia Warriors, before being transferred to become the San Francisco Warriors in 1962. by owner Franklin Mieuli.
Indeed, it was as a Philadelphia warrior that Chamberlain achieved his famous 100-point game against the New York Knicks in 1962, a single-game scoring record that still stands today, with 81 points. of Kobe Bryant against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 closest of all. never came.
In contrast, Curry has spent his entire career to date with the franchise, amassing 744 appearances – the third-most in Golden State history behind just Nate Thurmond (757) and Chris Mullin (807).
He is, however, already the franchise leader in three points (2,709), assists (4,889) and free throw percentage (.907). Curry is second in steals (1264), again behind Mullin, and most importantly, fourth in defensive rebounds (2893).
Given the news that their promising rookie center James Wiseman is likely out for the season with a meniscus tear in his right knee, it’s hard to envision Golden State securing much more than a place in the Play-In Tournament from here the end of the regular season.
They currently sit 10th in the Western Conference – just creeping into the current state of affairs – but with the New Orleans Pelicans and Point Zion only a game behind. They might not even make the playoffs, despite everything Curry does on the pitch.
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Whatever happens, the Warriors won’t be fighting for a title this year given the other big guns in the West. Until Klay Thompson returns, this is just another season where Steph is the funniest basketball player on the planet, free from any big league expectations, making history as he goes. Let us soak while we can.