Over the first three years of his career, when he has been on the court Steph has been really, really good. Not a 'Star' level of production, but pretty much the tier right under that. He has averaged a line of 17.5 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.8 boards with a 'he's on fire' level 47.5% field goal percentage and 44.1% from downtown, and about 40% of the games those stats are coming from were in his rookie season, so realistically it wouldn't be shocking to see him put up a line of 19-6.5-5 with phenomenal percentages in the next couple years. However, the caveat with Curry is that he has had serious issues with his ankle, causing him to play in only 26 games last year. His first two seasons he did play 80 and 74 games, so it wouldn't be fair to call him perpetually injured like Greg Oden or something yet, the issues have all been with his ankle which is very troublesome.
So realistically, what is he worth? A lot of this is going to depend on how many games he plays this year, so lets assume that he has some issues but overall puts up another very productive year and plays in 74 games. How much would be the most that would make sense for the Warriors to pay him, and how could he realistically get offered as an RFA? I would be more than comfortable the Warriors would offer him something like 4 years/36 million, which seems a realistic number to me. However, what is the most that you think Curry would be worth matching at? Lets say some team has a bunch of cap room to blow and thinks Curry is the perfect piece for their team and offers him 4 years/50 million; would that still make sense committing that much money to someone who has had real issues with his ankle and could end up being paid ~12 million a year to sit in street clothes for a lot of that, crippling the team? Curry is the face of this franchise and our main star at this point, a great kid with a great work ethic and no personality concerns at all, and Lacob and co would certainly be loathe to lose him at this point, which certainly counts for a lot. So how much do you think Curry is worth paying, how much do you realistically think is the most he could be offered on the open market, and would he be worth it at that price?
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