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December 09, 2013

Ex-Davidson star Stephen Curry: "I haven't reached my ceiling at all"

            Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said his point guard knows he’s the best player on the court down the stretch of close games and is performing as such.

            That’s precisely the tone Jackson wants from Stephen Curry, who plays his annual homecoming game tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.

“He gives me a lot of responsibility. I feel I can still get better, that I haven’t reached my ceiling at all,” said the former Davidson star, who is averaging 22.5 points and 8.9 assists this season.

            Jackson said Curry seems more at ease this season with being in charge on a team that is a mix of veterans (Andrew Bogut, David Lee) and younger guys (Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes).

“That’s a natural progression,” Curry said at morning shootaround at Time Warner Cable Arena. “You have to be confident out there no matter what the situation is. Just make plays. You’re going to make mistakes along the way. But that can’t waver your confidence at all.”

            Now in his fifth pro season, Curry is arguably the best player in the NBA not to be chosen to play in an All-Star Game. He thought he was close last season, and would love for it to happen in February in New Orleans.

“It means you’re one of the best at your position in the conference and that your team is winning,” Curry said of the All-Star process. “It was a little bit of a letdown (last February) but not disappointing. It’s early in my career, so I’ll have plenty of shots at it.”

            Curry’s younger brother, Seth, a former Duke star, has played this season for the Warriors’ development-league affiliate in Santa Cruz, Cal. Monday he was scheduled to be in Memphis, to work out with several other guards auditioning for the Grizzlies.

            Seth Curry needed leg surgery following his last season at Duke. That precluded him from pre-draft workouts or playing in summer leagues. He went undrafted, then was cut by the Warriors in the preseason.

“Mentally he’s good, he’s healthy and playing well at Santa Cruz,’’ Stephen said. “It’s just about being patient. He knows his road to the league will be different and not to get into that comparison game -- don’t listen to the noise.

“He just needs to conquer the situation he’s in now and get to the next level.”

Posted by Observer Sports on December 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

Comments

I know he signed that long term deal out in Golden State, but would love to see this guy come back home and put on a Hornets uniform after that contract is finished.

Posted by: Smitty | Dec 9, 2013 1:47:45 PM

Smitty - My guess is there's a part of him that would like that too. But he's really in an ideal situation in GS. The perfect coach for him on an up & coming team that will only get better. They've got Jerry West advising them in their front office. And it's maybe the most beautiful place in the country to live. And they'll probably try to re-sign him to a longer deal before his current one is up. If not, that means he's had some kind of debilitating injury. They love him out there.

So him coming "home" to play is a real longshot. Lots of factors working against that.

Posted by: archie | Dec 9, 2013 2:22:29 PM

First of all, to the city of Charlotte and its surrounding areas, thank you for Steph Curry. I'm a Warriors fan and could never conceive, even though he's only in his fifth year, having Steph play for any other team, let alone his hometown Bobcats/Hornets. Being from the Bay Area, I know what it's like to have homegrowners on far away NBA teams-- Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Damian Lillard, etc. to name a short few. We have embraced Steph as though he were one of our own from the very beginning and will continue to nurture and support him throughout his career, while he's here and wherever his future may take him down the road. Once a Warrior...

Posted by: markoe | Dec 9, 2013 2:48:31 PM

Love this guy! One of the classiest players on and off the court. His mamma did a great job raising this young man.

Posted by: tony | Dec 9, 2013 3:00:09 PM

DJ Augustine waived by Toronto. I can't believe there were people here that thought he was better than Kemba.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Dec 9, 2013 6:20:06 PM

^^^^that was prophetic. Great game by Kemba tonight. The arena was rockin.

Posted by: James | Dec 9, 2013 10:45:19 PM

I still think he was better than kemba. before we effed him up.

dude was a stud his first year here. and then larry brown mind effed him into mediocrity.

i know i'm the only one that actually watches the games and the only one that watched the games back in 08 but that dude played ball here. even his last year here he was more efficient than kemba has been this year. even after going OFF last night he's still below 40% from the field and just over 30% on 3's. under 80% on free throws (nearly gave it away at the end).

less turnovers, same or more assists, better shooting efficiencies.......slightly better size....

the thing that stands out in walker's favor is defense. augustin didn't make the steals that walker does. walker has great hands defensively. they credit a lot of steals as blocks because he gets them on the way up which hurts his steals numbers. 31 of them last year to add to his 2.0 steals per game. would have been 2.33. His durability is huge too, hasn't missed a game in his 2+ years. augustin didn't miss many either.

larry brown owes a lotta dudes apologies.....augustin, morrison, henderson, ajinca all come to mind immediately. even walker to some extent because he left such a mess behind that surely hurt walker's start.


i also said steph was going to be the next iverson before that 2009 draft. and everybody laughed at me then.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 10, 2013 12:16:34 PM

Charlottean

Are you saying that Augustin, Morrison and Ajinca would have been great players if it wasn't for Larry Brown? Maybe you can also blame Phil Jackson for failing to develop Morrison. I would guess that Nastar would blame Jordan for hiring Larry Brown and for drafting Augustin, Morrison and Ajinca. Seriously, maybe if we had a scouting department that could recognize talent, we would have recognized that Chris Paul was worth trading the picks that brought us Sean May and Raymond Felton. At the time, Bernie Bickerstaff said that talent wise, there wasn't much difference between Chris Paul and Raymond Felton....really? Maybe it was Larry Brown's fault for not developing Raymond Felton into Chris Paul. Our poor record over the years is directly related to the players that we picked and not how we developed the players.

Posted by: MJ | Dec 10, 2013 7:59:55 PM

Good post clttn.

"DJ Augustine waived by Toronto. I can't believe there were people here that thought he was better than Kemba."

Just the latest example of Air Minimum & Yes Co. ruining talent. Be careful what you wish for folks, it can happen to any player when Air Min is in the mix.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 10, 2013 8:04:20 PM

sean may scored 32 points on dwight howard as a rookie. sean may couldn't stay healthy. same goes for greg oden and brandon roy. and now derrick rose. doesn't make them bad picks.


felton put up chris paul numbers as a rookie (look at his second half stats when he started playing) and then sam vincent played him as the shooting guard his second year. worked out great.


morrison was damaged goods by the time he got to LA but you're forgetting that's putting a young kid on a championship team (back to back) that had kobe and artest and odom eating up almost all of the non-ball handler wing minutes. and he was a midseason pickup there.

adam morrison was coming off an acl injury. he wasn't given much of a chance to come back at all. he was BALLING right before he got hurt. lookup his preseason games and summer league games from that off season. ask KOBE about adam morrison.

dude was absolutely dominating summer league summer before last too. he was an absolute nba franchise player talent who we gave up on after one bad injury. you don't get anything from giving up on top 3 talents like that. we got VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC for him. and we threw in shannon brown too. didn't develop brown either.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 11, 2013 10:50:15 AM

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