The ability to uplift one’s teammates is one of the qualities that many NBA greats possess. Numerous players can stuff the stat sheet, but only a few can improve their teammates as well. One such player is the Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry.
While Steph can fetch stats that will stand out of the box, score on any given night; he can also elevate the surrounding players.
In the game against the Miami Heat, Steph went off in the overtime vs the Miami Heat. Thanks to his sensational performance, the Dubs registered another victory this season.
Does Stephen Curry make his teammates better?
Following the 120-112 victory, GSW player Kent Bazemore said:
“When you’ve got a guy like that that believes in you and instills that confidence in you, you feel like you can do anything. That’s just who he is. He always thinks less of himself and he’s always looking to elevate those around him and it’s been great. He’s instilled confidence in a ton of players in the locker room, throughout their ups and downs … it’s a great leader to have.”
Bazemore is a solid role player for the team, but tonight he stepped up when Curry struggled in the first half. This proves the point that even if Curry himself is not a good game scoring-wise, he can elevate everyone around him. Here is a stat to prove the importance of Curry on the court for his teammates.
A few years ago NBA legend Magic Johnson pointed to this ability of Steph via his Twitter account. Magic tweeted:
“[Stephen] Curry led his team to the NBA’s best record & the thing I’m most impressed with is that he makes his teammates better.”
Curry led his team to the NBA's best record & the thing I'm most impressed with is that he makes his teammates better.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 7, 2015
As Magic said, Stephen Curry has a huge impact on the game. What are your thoughts on Curry’s performance vs the Heat? Feel free to share your views in the comments section down below.