Charles Barkley Believes Stephen Curry Is An All-Star, Not Superstar
With Stephen Curry set to make his first appearance in the All-Star Game, TNT analyst Charles Barkley talked about the maturation process of the Warriors point guard. While Barkley acknowledges that the point guard is an All-Star, he believes there’s a ways to go before Curry becomes a true superstar.
In an All-Star conference call on Thursday, Barkley believes Curry has to learn how to make his teammates better via San Francisco Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons:
“The maturation of Steph’s game is going to come when he learns to make the players around him better. He does have assists, but not the right kind. There are a lot of very good players in the NBA, but to go from a very good player to an All-Star to a superstar, you have to start making the players around you better.”
While many have labeled Curry as a superstar in this league, Barkley just doesn’t see it yet:
“That’s the next maturation process for Steph Curry. He’s a very good player. He’s an All-Star. Now, he has to learn to make the players around him better. You’ll know it when you see it. We’re not seeing it. Kenny knows I’m right. He’ll know it when he sees it. I can’t explain it.”
Heading into this season, there were championship aspirations with the addition of Andre Iguodala. Although Curry is averaging 24.3 points (fifth in the NBA) and 9.1 assists (second in the NBA), Golden State is currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference at 29-20. With the Warriors looking to make a deep playoff run this season, homecourt advantage is a necessity and they will need to make a strong second half push to get into the top four seeds.
Regardless of what Barkley said about Curry, he is only in his fifth season in the league and has a lot of more room to grow. Like many players in the past, Curry will eventually learn how to balance his game as he gets more experience on the court.