Stephen Curry will struggle without help from teammates, claims former Warriors center Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia is among a handful of players that have played with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Stephen Curry. Amid reflecting on his time with the Golden State Warriors, Pachulia claims that Curry — like most players — could have a tough time producing with a lack of help from his teammates.
After saying that Giannis struggled when he doesn’t have shooters to space the floor around him, he said the same could go for Curry, via Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group.
“Same thing goes with Steph. It started with Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green setting screens to get him open, Klay helps because teams cannot really load on Steph because if you leave Klay open, Klay’s going to make 14 3s against the Chicago Bulls. With Kevin Durant, one of the best players in the league, Steph has more freedom and he can be who he is. But if you have this amazing defender on him and a big man down there waiting for him, then Steph is going to struggle, too.”
In Golden State’s season-opening game against the Brooklyn Nets last Tuesday, the Warriors looked out of sorts. The Nets would steamroll the Warriors en route to an impressive 125-99 win, showing that Golden State is going to need time to improve.
Following Tuesday night’s blowout loss, Curry informed Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. to not be deterred by their disappointing start to the season. Wiggins and Oubre are going to have to be key contributors for the Warriors amid the season-long absence of Klay Thompson.
With no other elite offensive asset on the floor with Curry, Brooklyn was able to focus on double-teaming him and forcing the guys around him to beat them. If the Warriors hope to return to being a playoff team, they’ll need the guys around Curry to step up in a large way, as Pachulia pointed out.