How Steph Curry's 'earned confidence' makes improvement 'scary' for NBA

Dray: Steph's 'earned confidence' makes for 'scary' improvement originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Now in his 14th NBA season, Warriors star Steph Curry just keeps getting better.

And his teammate Draymond Green thinks that’s frightening -- for the rest of the league, at least.

“Steph is incredible,” Green told reporters Thursday after Golden State’s 123-110 win over the Miami Heat at Chase Center. “He’s playing great to start this year off, which is expected, but as I’ve said before, he continues to improve, which is scary that that guy continues to get better.

“It’s pretty interesting and fun to watch.”

Green’s comments came as he discussed a moment in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s win, where Curry shook Tyler Herro -- who is 12 years his junior -- and splashed a 3-pointer over the Heat guard.

The reigning NBA Finals MVP finished with a game-high 33 points, and Father Time has shown no signs of appearing for the 34-year-old so far this year as he looks to lead Golden State to yet another championship.

Through five games to start the 2022-23 NBA season, Curry is averaging 30.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from 3-point land.

So far, Curry's eighth in the league in points per game and No. 1 in 3-pointers made with 27, five more than the Memphis Grizzlies' Desmond Bane.

The point guard continues to improve year in and year out, Green said, because of the confidence that comes with -- and is expected of -- being Steph Curry these days. And over his career, even that confidence has grown and adapted.

“I think it’s both [Curry’s physical and mental game]. I think it’s confidence,” Green told reporters of how Curry is able to keep improving.

“Steph used to have irrational confidence. He doesn’t quite have irrational confidence anymore. He has an earned confidence that we all know and expect … The confidence level that he has, we actually, all of us, expect him to do exactly what that confidence level is leading him to.

“And I think when you’ve reached that level and you’re kind of at the pinnacle of what you do, it takes a special person to want to continue to improve. He’s continuing to show that, like I said, mentally and physically, they both go hand in hand.

“You kill the mind, the body dies. And his mental continues to get stronger. Physically, he continues to improve, and it’s been showing in his game.”

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With last season’s NBA playoff run that saw Golden State hoist its fourth Larry O’Brien trophy in eight seasons and Curry named finals MVP, the longtime Warrior concluded his 13th season by silencing his critics and cementing his status as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

As Curry continues to defy expectations both mentally and physically, there’s no telling what Year 14 will bring.

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