The best-case scenario: Curry follows Lakers forward LeBron James’ blueprint for longevity. At 36, James is a strong candidate for his fifth career NBA MVP award. Entering Sunday evening’s game against the Warriors at Staples Center, he remains a model of consistency, having posted at least 15 points, five rebounds and five assists in 33 of his 34 outings this season.
With James leading the way, the Lakers own the league’s second-best record at 23-11. Curry, meanwhile, is delivering his best statistical season since his unanimous MVP campaign in 2015-16. Two weeks shy of his 33rd birthday, he is averaging 29.9 points on 48% shooting (41.5% from 3-point range), 6.3 assists and 5.5 rebounds.
Research suggests that the peak of an NBA player’s prime is 27, but Curry might not even be at his physical best yet. His marks in a number of muscle-building exercises this past offseason set personal records. In a recent interview with The Chronicle, Curry’s longtime personal trainer, Brandon Payne, was adamant that his prized pupil is just starting to enter the heart of his prime.
“Right now, him at 32, 33 is typically where a lot of guys are at 27, 28,” Payne said. “There’s still some more room to grow physically, just in terms of continuing to gain power and get faster.
“I don’t think that this is a one-, two- or three-year thing. I think you’re talking about five, six or seven years…