The success of the Warriors is strictly dependent on the iron triangle: Curry, Klay and Drummond Green, without whom the Warriors would not be where they are today. But when Klay was injured, the team couldn't even make the playoffs.
Now, Curry is 35 years old, Thompson is 33 years old, Chasing Green is 33 years old, can Curry still play in the NBA in 2 years? Curry's core competitiveness directly affects the value of Klay and Dreams. Without Curry, Klay and Green are not worth such a big contract, but as long as there is Curry, the Warriors are strong contenders for championships.
However, think about it the other way around, without Curry, Thompson will only be more valuable, how much Thompson sacrificed for Curry, look at Thompson's statistical performance when Curry is away, this is still a performance after a big injury.
Many people only know that Curry is the No. 1 three-pointer in history, but don't forget that Klay Thompson is also a top-5 three-pointer in history?
Many Warriors fans like to think of Green and Klay as a level, in fact, Green is not worthy of Clayby, Klay often uses individual performances to directly seal wins, and this season Klay has the most 10+ three-pointers per game in the league.
If there is no Curry, the Warriors are a weak team, let go of the pick, Klay at least more than Booker, Lillard, this can brush, 60+ times will be many more times, there is no problem with getting a super contract.
Let's take a look at the 33-year-old Klay Thompson, what level of player is this season?
Averaging 21.7 points per game, it ranks 26th in the league, slightly higher than Harden. The league has the highest three-point shooting (285) and first three-point average (4.3 behind Curry's 4.9), shooting more than 40 percent from three-point range. However, Klay's offensive efficiency ranks 68th in the league, 175 defensively, offensive is stronger than defense, effective shooting percentage and true shooting percentage are in the 150-200 range, the league is moderately lower. The round share is 44th, and the match contribution value is 131. In summary:
Scorers with possession, three-point accuracy, overall efficiency and defense are in the middle or even lower range of the league, much worse than the all-around skills of their peak.
From the perspective of the salary space of the Warriors next season: Wiggins, Poole, Green, Klay, only 2 of the 4 can be selected, after all, Kuminga will also renew his contract at that time.
Finally, as a James-fan, here are some personal impressions:
As soon as Curry entered the league, he was labeled a "glass man", so his contract was lowered (probably in the early 10 millions). The team's core contract was reduced, which also ensured that the Warriors could sign other excellent players in the early stage; At the same time, Curry ensured that the attendance rate remained high in the following years; That's not the point, the point is that Curry is the absolute core of the Warriors dynasty, but if he had a little bit of the mind of several other players, the Warriors would have dispersed long ago. He was the key link that actually held this team together. Curry's contribution to this Warriors team is far from those on the court, and compared to Klay, I believe the Warriors will definitely give Curry a real pension contract.
The Warriors still have a great chance of winning a championship this year, Wiggins has returned to the team, Payton Jr. is back, Curry has always had such courage and strength, I believe Curry, but the key this year is whether the other two are willing to work hard. If Klay and Green can bring out the same hard work as James in '18, the current Warriors are still invincible. The problem is that such desperate efforts affect professional longevity, and few people will do it, this Warriors team, I only think Curry will.
The Warriors will take on the Nuggets in their next game, and if the Warriors win, they will basically lock in the top 6 and go straight to the playoffs.