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Why Fraser believes 2021-22 season was Steph’s best yet originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Even four-time NBA champion and two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry can keep improving.

Bruce Fraser, the Warriors‘ player development coach, noted how Curry’s 2021-22 season might have been the best he has seen from the star.

“With Steph, this may have been his best year yet,” Fraser said on Friday’s episode of KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” show.

Fraser continued by saying that Curry’s maturity, the way he moved, and ultimately how he scored was what stood out to him this past season.

Although he was initially answering a question about James Wiseman, Fraser could not help but discuss what Curry had done en route to leading the Warriors to their fourth championship in eight years.

For Fraser to notice how Curry continues to evolve should send a clear message to Golden State’s younger players.

Despite a “down” year compared to 2020-21 — when he averaged an NBA-leading 32.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists — Curry still averaged over 25 points, 6.3 assists, and 5.2 rebounds last season.

In many cases, while pundits might see Curry’s decline in counting stats to be a precursor of his eventual decline, his impact on the court cannot be underestimated.

Because of how much he can do on the court, it makes sense why Shaquille O’Neal called Curry the “best player” in the game.

Even as he gets older, teams will continue to hound him once he passes half-court and Curry’s gravity will allow his teammates to get easy shots.

RELATED: Why Fisher puts Steph in same group with Kobe, Shaq, Duncan

In all, if the 34-year-old Curry can continue to elevate his game in other areas as he physically begins to slow down, that is a good sign for the Warriors and their fans.

Moreover, it should show the younger players just how to properly handle themselves, once the reigns are passed on to them.

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