At some point there will be look-backs at this Warriors team. Deep dives into how it was built.
There will be time spent on the signing of Kevin Durant, the replacement of Mark Jackson with Steve Kerr as head coach and the genius of harnessing volatile Draymond Green and giving him the keys to the ignition.
All perfectly valid. You can even throw in GM Bob Myers for assembling a bench that doesn’t just hold the line, but actually extends the lead.
But I think we all know who has set the tone, made the plays and convinced everyone to believe.
And when that narrative is written, it should be noted what a thunderbolt of good fortune it is to have this charming, gifted savant at the center of everything the Warriors do.
The NBA draft is a sucker’s game. Pick ’em and hope. Curry wasn’t the first choice in 2009. That was Blake Griffin, who could jump out of the gym. Hasheem Thabeet was picked before Curry — and James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn.
We can second-guess that order now, but at the time no one was saying it was ridiculous that Curry didn’t go higher. I’m guessing Golden State would have been thrilled to get Harden. But just picture the franchise with him — brooding, cranky and dominating the ball — as the centerpiece.
Instead, the team got a skinny kid with weak ankles from Davidson.
Would Curry’s water-bug moves be effective against professional defenders? Would a coach put up with the crazy, behind-the-back turnovers and casting off 3-pointers from 27 feet?
Curry has had so many opportunities to screw this up. With the money, the attention and the hangers-on, all NBA stars do. Tristan Thompson is involved in a cheating scandal with fan-mag fav Khloe Kardashian? Really?
Meanwhile, earlier this year, Curry was seen with his wife and kids at the Museum of Ice Cream.
On the court — and this is not an original observation — Curry seems to play with a sense of joy. The NBA game is all mean mugs and hard stares, but Curry just seems to get a kick out of the game.
In the Houston series, Chris Paul knocked down a 3 and then ran to Curry, looked him in the eye and did a Curry-shimmy. There was nothing light-hearted about it. It was a challenge. How do you like that, Paul was saying.
Curry, with his mouthpiece dangling, laughed. And that was the right response. Give Paul credit. It was funny.
Curry is routinely the smallest person on the floor. Of course, that’s NBA small. He’s listed at 6-3. But even so, he can only dunk with the greatest of difficulty.
Which only makes his forays to the hoop more impressive. His shifty dribble-drives leave defenders with their feet tangled and he switches hands deftly. But still, against athletic 7-footers, making layups is not easy.
Second-year man Patrick McCaw is 6-7 and bouncy enough to sail up for put-back dunks. But he has a difficult time finishing at the rim. You see McCaw’s shot blocked and you wonder: How does Curry do it?