He had the green light and put up big numbers with inefficient shooting on a bad team.
Curry would be a lot better than that, but he would not be the Curry we saw at his peak.
Curry could have been a great college player that didn’t live up to his potential, but he was drafted into a great situation. His first two coaches didn’t try to stifle or change him the way some other college players were ruined and got their confidence destroyed.
Situation matters more than people like to think. Steve Nash was considered an overrated bust for most of his time in Dallas and struggled in the role of 90s style point guard. It took Mike Dantoni to reach his all NBA potential.
Could you imagine Curry having gotten drafted by a guy like Mike Fratello?
Today’s rules and coaching style have allowed point guards to dominate in ways they never have in the history of the game.
But that goes both ways. I think guys like Bradley Beal, Zach Levine, and Demar Derozan would have put up big, big numbers if they were allowed to play the volume shooting and iso style shooting guards used to dominate.
Nash an overrated bust? I grew up in Dallas and went to a ton of games during the Nash years. Dude didn't fit the system, but he was still an All-Star level PG, the problem was that he replaced a dominant PG in Jason Kidd. The Mavs didn't really want to pay him max money, because they saw him as a key piece, but not as THE piece. Dirk and Finley were the franchise at that time.