Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has always been known as an offensive anomaly. He changed how the game of basketball is played with his incredible shooting and marksmanship, and so whenever players and fans talk about him, his offense has always been at the forefront.
However, for head coach Steve Kerr, what Curry showed in the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics is he's more than just an offensive player. Steph has been considered as a liability on defense for the most part of his career, but the Warriors guard proved he can also make an impact defensively.
Kerr saw that and made sure to remind everyone how incredible of a two-way player Curry is.
“This was the best I've ever seen him in terms of his two-way performance,” Kerr said, per Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports.
Sure enough, there were times that the Celtics were able to exploit Stephen Curry's defense during the series. Overall, however, the Warriors guard was an effective defender throughout the series and was pivotal in forcing turnovers against Boston.
Curry averaged 2.0 steals per game in the NBA Finals, and he also crashed the boards with 5.7 defensive rebounds throughout the six contests they played.
True enough, as Kerr suggests, the 34-year-old deserves more respect than what many people are giving him.