There’s all kinds of pressure on the young sharpshooter, but Curry tells the Mercury News that he’s the one with the biggest expectations: “The expectations have significantly increased for Warriors guard Stephen Curry after his lauded rookie campaign. He was selected to play for Team USA. He has been branded by team management as the untouchable centerpiece of the franchise. And, though he is only 22, he is being relied upon for his leadership. Curry said the expectations don’t faze him because he has some for himself. ‘I want to be top 10 in the league in assists,’ he said. ‘I want to lead the league in steals and average five rebounds.’ Certainly, people have reason to believe in Curry, the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft. He improved exponentially last season. Presuming the team’s good health, he will have more talent around him. And, it stands to reason that his Team USA experience this past summer will reap benefits. ‘He’s the point guard of this team,’ general manager Larry Riley said earlier this summer. ‘You don’t build your team around a (shooting) guard, you build your team around a point guard.’ After starting the season as a reserve, Curry was well on his way to averaging 36.6 minutes per game. He finished with gaudy averages: 17.5 points, 5.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals.”
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