Stephen Curry broke Ray Allen’s record for most three-pointers made in a single season last season. Most consider him the best shooter in the game.
Curry is so great offensively that most feel his defense has to be a liability. His defensive impact isn’t nearly as great it is on the other end, but he’s far from a liability. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson went as far to call Curry an elite defender back in December.
Q: Is it possible to be good on defense for an entire season with the offensive load you carry?
A: No excuses. It’s definitely possible. When I’m in the game, I’m not really thinking, ‘I’m tired. Let me milk it on defense.’ I’ve just got to dig deep. That’s what you prepare in the summer for, to battle through fatigue like that. So I think it is possible. I’m not going to be defensive player of the year. But hopefully I can be top 10 (among point guards) and be able to disrupt some of the best point guards in the world.
Q: How does it make you feel when people say you can’t play defense?
A: I don’t really care. I know I can. I know I’m capable of it. I know I’ve shown it. I’m not a liability on the defensive end at all, I don’t think.
The addition of defensive specialist Andre Iquodala will definitely help improve the Warriors defense.