Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  26 responses

Stephen Curry Struggling With New Warriors Offense

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Keith Smart’s offensive philosophy varies greatly from Don Nelson’s, as Stephen Curry has been quick to discover. Nelson basically let his guards run wild and create havoc on the court, something Curry and Monta Ellis did very well.

With a new coach at the helm, Stephen Curry is having a tough time adjusting, and with the regular season just around the corner, the pressure for him to figure things out keeps mounting.

According to Curry, there’s no reason to push the panic button. It’s only a matter of time until he’ll have everything under control.

The San Fran Chronicle reports:

Coming off an eight-turnover game at Portland on Saturday, Curry promised it wouldn’t happen again. Then, he committed six turnovers in the Warriors’ 100-78 victory over the Trail Blazers on Monday night at Oracle Arena. The 14 turnovers in the last two games are part of a training-camp-long problem. Curry has 28 assists to 28 turnovers in the shortened playing time of five preseason games. That equates to 9.1 turnovers per 48 minutes. Curry played 80 games last season and committed more than seven turnovers in a game only once (10, Feb. 19 at Utah).

In the final 10 games of his rookie season, he had 78 assists, 32 turnovers and 22 steals. ‘It’s me trying to create a play instead of reading the play correctly,” Curry said. “It’s working the kinks out of the new lineup and figuring out where people are going to be. But, I’m not panicking.”

Keith Smart admits that he’s somewhat troubled by his young point guard’s struggles, but he understands that it’s a process, especially when it comes to learning the toughest position in the League.

Warriors fans can only hope that when the lights come on for real, Stephen Curry and his new coach will be on the same page.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Well, he said he wouldn’t let 8 TO’s happen again, he didn’t lie.

  • JTaylor21

    I doesn’t matter because dude is the BEST shooter in the league and will easily go for 21/5/5/50% this season.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Smart will be to the Warriors what Porter was to the Suns….

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    He is one of the best shooters in the league.Steve Nash is the best in my opinion

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    With Nellie out of the picture, I don’t know how much Smart is gonna push the tempo but it should be interesting to watch everyone’s bloated statlines go down. Watch Ellis will average only like 19, 20 pts. a game, especially with Lee there.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    You know, when Curry came into the league I thought he was just a spot up shooter. He already surpassed my expectations of him. I’m sure he’ll be fine.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    The transition is going to be rocky for all the Warriors. They have to completely adjust from whatever frenetic “style” of ball that Nellie wanted them to play in his waning years to an actual system. This is like going from balling at the local school yard to playing at Duke. Huge step. I hope that The Black Rick Kamla is right in that Smart will be like Terry Porter. That is actually one of the best analogies I have seen thus far about the coaching change. What will also hurt the Warriors early on this season are their injuries to Udoh and Amundson. They were deep at the four and now they aren’t. Hopefully they can get it all together by mid season.


    Curry will likely struggle this season like Flynn did last season learning an offensive style he’s not used to.

  • KB8toSG8

    I’m hopeful that he can get the grasp of the offense atleast in the first 20-25 games of the season….

  • Michael Whyte

    Curry will be ballin 10 games into the reg season everyone will be loving this kid again. He’s DAMN GOOD

  • dma

    my goal of picking just warriors players for fantasy basketball was ruined this summer.

  • The Philosopher

    Co-sign B. Rick Kamla.

  • http://slamonline.com rudy

    Jeremy Lin is gonna be starting by week 3

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @rudy Gordon Hayward will be starting by game 3….lol

  • EJ

    He’s gonna repeat his rookie year, not so great at first, but amazing at the end of the season. Warriors are having the same kind of identity crisis like the Suns had. Lets see if David Lee will be there for long.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    This will be very different for curry, he has a big man to keep involved, cant just run wild and shoot whenever. His numbers will take a decent drop.

  • Elvis Freshly

    @JT when Ray hangs his Jordans up…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    cosign elvis, curry is a dang good shooter but he’s not better than ray ray or nashty

  • http://slamonline.com rudy

    Gordon The Mormon Jordan Hayward FTW!

  • ai come back

    lol me rudy trade ellis start lin and curry at least ur startin sf wont be dorell wright……….ooooh how bout ellis for deng and w/e……..

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ellis will be ridiculously good this year off the ball. He IS a highly efficient scorer when he’s given the freedom to not have to create for others–which he isn’t necessarily bad at. And Curry will be fine… but

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    teddy is racist

  • Seven Duece

    Sorry, but I have never been sold on him and now that he has to play organized sets, his real skill set will be put to the test.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Yes this 2nd year will show why Brandon Jennings is leaps and bounds ahead of Stephen Curry as a legitimate PG and not whatever crossbreed tweener Curry is better suited for. Don’t get me wrong Curry is a fine player, will have a long career in the L, he’s just not realiable at this early stage as a PG that ‘makes other guys better’.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    the best shooter? now u know i got ya back on almost everthing u say man but curry is not the best shooter in the league.. he might prove to be n a couple of years but as long as steve nash and ray allen are around we wont be able to curry the best shooter in the league

  • http://www.protectthepaint.com Shanghai Slam Dunk

    Curry will be fine.
    It is PRE-SEASON.
    AS all good ballers, and ballers who matter do, you know, the ones that get all the minutes once the regular season starts, Curry will be fine as he has adjusted from the offensive tweaks.
    Curry is a real deal prime time talent, and with David Lee, he has the best pick and roll option to adjust to in his young career.
    Once they figure that out, look for his stats to increase, especially after he learns to make the right decision to shoot or hit up Lee for jams.
    NBA is in his DNA, and the boy will be just fine.
    I agree with the thought that Ellis will take a dip, and hopefully not before they can ship him out of town as he is the worst ballhog in the NBA, and a total team continuity killer.