Stephen Curry Thinks He Can Be ‘Top-10 Among Point Guards’ on Defense

In an interview with the Mercury News, Stephen Curry conceded that his defense deteriorated last season, but he’s confident he can be a good defender for the entire ’13-14 season: “How will you improve your defense this season? ‘By sticking to the game plan consistently over the course of the season. I was really good my first two months, especially on the pick-and-roll. I don’t know if it was a fatigue issue, or playing minutes, or lack of attention to detail. I wasn’t that bad. I’ve looked at the film over the summer. But I can be a lot better, a lot more consistent, like I was the first 25 games or so.’ Is it possible to be good on defense for an entire season with the offensive load you carry? ‘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.’ How does it make you feel when people say you can’t play defense? ‘I don’t really care. 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.'”