On a night when his father, Dell, received the keys to ‘Buzz City’ from the Charlotte Hornets, it was his son, Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, who brought buzz in bunches to Time Warner Cable arena on Wednesday night.
After scoring 12 points in the 1st half, Steph Curry eviscerated Hornet defenders, most notably, Kemba Walker, with one of his trademark scoring barrages in the 3rd quarter.
He made all 5 of his 3-point attempts and poured in 28 points in the quarter, including the last 24 points for Warriors to put the game away. Steph Curry finished the game with 40 points despite taking in the sights from the bench for the entire 4th quarter.’Stephfortless’.
And what’s even more astonishing than Curry’s obvious dominance, is the fact that he’s not even the highest paid player on the Golden State Warriors. Nope, he’s not the 2nd or 3rd highest. He’s 5th. Curry will make $11.4 million in salary this season, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but relative to his performance, it’s a steal. The Warriors ownership has to be thrilled that they’re getting a Black Friday doorbuster deal on Steph Curry’s contract this season. They’re getting Ritz-Carlton quality, but paying Wingate by Wyndham prices, while enjoying the free breakfast.
On the larger NBA pay scale, there are 61 players who will earn more than Steph Curry this season, many of them you know. But 29 of those players have never been All-Stars, much less league MVP’s. Let’s examine a few.
1. Wesley Matthews $16.4 million, averaging 11 ppg, 2 apg, 2 rpg
2. Tobias Harris $16 million, averaging 15 ppg, 8 rpg
3. Khris Middleton $14.7 million, averaging 14 ppg, 3 apg, 3 rpg
4. DeMarre Carroll $13.6 million, averaging 12 ppg, 5 rpg
5. Amir Johnson $12.2 million, averaging 8 ppg, 6 rpg
With the salary cap expected to increase by $40 million to $108 million by the 2017-18 NBA season and Curry set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017, that atrocity will change. The services of the best shooter in NBA history will be in staggering demand.
It’ll be high time for the Golden State Warriors to make good on the mail-in rebate that came with the 4 year, $44 million deal he signed in 2012. As Steph Curry continues cashing out from the 3-point line and well beyond, he sets himself up to cash out in epic proportions on his next contract, while also demoralizing opposing NBA players.