Curry aims to be elite defender

Curry aims to be elite defender
August 24, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Stephen Curry said his defense during the first two months of the 2013-14 season was 'really good.' (USA TODAY IMAGES)

"I'm not going to be defensive player of the year, but hopefully I can be top 10."

-Stephen Curry

For Warriors guard Stephen Curry, becoming a good defender is all about consistency. In fact, Curry thinks he's been solid on that end of the floor in the past, but he said there's a lot of room for improvement.

"I wasn't that bad [during the 2012-13 season]," Curry told the San Jose Mercury News. "But I can be a lot better, a lot more consistent, like I was the first 25 games or so."

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Curry, 25, said he was pleased with his defense during the first two months of last season, specifically on the pick-and-roll, but he noticed a drop-off after that. Fatigue and lack of attention to detail were two factors that might've contributed to his struggles, he said, but with hard work and preparation this offseason, he expects to eliminate those two obstacles.

And he doesn't think his offensive workload should prevent him from thriving on the other end of the court.

"No excuses. It's definitely possible. When I'm in the game, I'm not really thinking, 'I'm tired. Let me milk it on defense.' I've just got to dig deep. That's what you prepare in the summer for, to battle through fatigue like that. So I think it is possible. I'm not going to be defensive player of the year. But hopefully I can be top 10 (among point guards) and be able to disrupt some of the best point guards in the world."

While Curry knows he has room for improvement, he thinks people have been a little too hard on his defensive performance. When asked what he thinks of his negative reputation on defense, Curry was blunt.

"I don't really care," he said. "I know I can. I know I'm capable of it. I know I've shown it. I'm not a liability on the defensive end at all, I don't think."

Curry also discussed his expectations for the Warriors' upcoming season, and they're lofty. He was asked how many wins, at minimum, Golden State would need next season for him to be satisfied, and his answer was well above last year's win total of 47.

"I'll say 50 wins," he said. "I don't know what seeding that gets us, but I'm pretty sure we'd be a playoff team. Then we'd attack the playoffs like we did last year."