Grading Every NBA Rookie Extension At The Deadline The No Deal List

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Watching Stephen Curry cook last season sparked two emotions. On the one hand, you marveled at his ability to engineer his greatest scoring effort to date as a two-time MVP. On the other, you wondered why the Warriors hadn't given him more help for his age-32 season.

It's early, and Klay Thompson's eventual return could change this conversation, but Curry might have even less scoring assistance than before. Andrew Wiggins is second in the scoring column at 16.2 points per game, down from 18.6. There isn't a third 15-plus-point scorer like there was last season (Kelly Oubre Jr.), and there are only four double-digit scorers, not five like the 2020-21 team had.

Curry is technically carrying a lighter load, but the differences are negligible: 21.3 shots down from 21.7, 34.1 usage percentage down from 34.8. Maybe the Warriors planned to lean on him to this degree, but that seems like a precarious strategy for a 33-year-old with more than 30,000 career minutes over the regular season and playoffs combined.

Golden State's decision not to trade long-term assets for instant impact indicated a belief in Curry's supporting cast. That wasn't necessarily misguided, as the club is winning and defending at a high level, but the overreliance on Curry is at least something to monitor.

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2950044-1-problem-every-2021-22-nba-team-didnt-see-coming

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