The month of January saw Golden State’s Stephen Curry averaging 19.1 points per game and shooting at 48 percent (36-74) for his three-pointers, part of a steady improvement for the rookie point guard and former Davidson Wildcats star.
The NBA recognized that strong showing this week by naming Curry the January Rookie of the Month for the Western Conference.
“So much for hitting the rookie wall,” said ESPN.com, which puts Curry at No. 3 in its “Rookie of the Year” award watch, behind Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings (who was January’s Rookie of the Month for the Eastern Conference).
Curry is now ranked 6th-best in the NBA in steals, with a 1.8 average for the season so far. He started in all 15 Warriors games for January and averaged 39 minutes of play. January also saw him averaging 5.1 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2 steals per game for the month.
Compare that to his November average of 9.8 points per game, and his December showing of 13.5.
His steady improvement has also earned him a trip to the NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge next week, where Curry will face his own teammate, Anthony Morrow, who will be playing on the sophomore side in the rookie-sophomore game.
That said, Curry’s team is in a seven-game losing streak, most recently against the Mavericks Wednesday to end a short road trip. The Warriors are now 13-35, which puts them at the bottom of the Pacific Division.
(through 48 games)
14 points per game
Next up: hosting Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Feb. 3 – 101-110 loss to Dallas Mavericks. The Warrior’s OTHER guard, Monta Ellis, scored a career high 46 points, but that was not enough to pull out a win. Curry scored 14 and had 4 assists.
Feb. 2 – 97-119 loss to Houston. The Warriors trailed for the entire game. Curry totaled a mere 6 points, his lowest of the year.
To see our previous coverage of Stephen Curry’s play in the preseason and the first half of the regular season, click on “Keeping Track of #30”
THE NEXT FIVE GAMES
This month’s Golden State schedule features the Warriors hosting the Bobcats. (The Warriors will come to Charlotte to play the Bobcats on Saturday, March 6, for a 4 p.m. game.) The next five games for Golden State are:
- Feb. 6 – hosting Oklahoma City
- Feb. 8 – hosting Dallas
- Feb. 10 – hosting L.A. Clippers
- Feb. 12 – at NBA 2010 Rookie Challenge at All-Star game in Dallas
- Feb. 16 – at L.A. Lakers
Click here for the full Warriors schedule.