“They,” said he was too small. “They,” said he would not be successful in the NBA. “They,” said he would not win an NBA championship.
Oakland, California — Yesterday, the Golden State Warriors’ star point guard Stephen Curry became the first NBA player to agree to a maximum contract extension worth over $200 million.
Before, Curry was playing on a four-year, $44 million contract when there were concerns about his ankle injuries. At the beginning of Curry’s career, the Warriors were hesitant on signing Curry to a large contract because they did not know whether or not he could become a franchise player.
Now the 29-year-old is in his eighth season and has earned two rings while averaging 22.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.8 steals in his career. According to ESPN, Curry has led the league for five consecutive years in made three-pointers and ranked 10th all-time. When Curry retires from the NBA, he will be regarded as one of the greatest shooters to play the game.
Each year in the league, Curry improves his level of play while innovating the point guard position. He led the Warriors to a 73-win season, received two MVP awards, and has the third highest three-point shooting percentage of all-time with 43.8.
Many top NBA players are becoming free agents this off-season and Curry is ranked No.1. So Jeff Austin, Curry’s agent, told ESPN that the two-time NBA MVP agreed to a five-year, $201 million contract extension. Warriors’ general managers Bob Myers then said that management would finalize the agreement at the end of free agency on Thursday.
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to keep Steph here and happy. And I know he wants to be here and we want him here. So I do not anticipate any issues with him staying,” said Golden State owner Joe Lacob in a Bay Area News Group interview.
There were never any concerns about whether Curry was going to stay a Warrior. Lacob made it clear that the Warriors are going to continue investing in Curry’s career after he won two NBA championships in three years.