The recently concluded NBA Finals saw the Golden State Warriors win their second championship in three years. Much of the attention was also given to Kevin Durant for his stellar play, as he was named Finals MVP and won the first title of his career. However, one of his teammates also played at an elite level and was as instrumental for them to win the series.

With averages of 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 2.2 steals in five outings, it’s surprising that Stephen Curry’s excellence was not highlighted as much. His numbers are very impressive and even compared to some of the greats, like John Stockton, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki, when they played in the Finals.

It could be that fans are expecting these kinds of numbers from him regularly, especially coming off two spectacular seasons and being named MVP in two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, but it also goes to show how talented he is and that the Warriors still rely heavily on him even with Durant in their fold.

He has made it known that he plans to remain in Oakland and win more championships in the future, but his team will have to be creative with their payroll to fit all their players’ salaries. This includes Curry’s, who is expected to be paid more than his current deal, which is considered a bargain. With their owners willing to do “whatever it takes” to keep him, it’s not a bad idea at all, as someone who can produce these numbers is truly a rare talent, and a franchise-changer as well.