Stephen Curry has led the Golden State Warriors to win their 4th NBA title in recent times. Coincidentally, this is the same number of rings LeBron James has between the 3 teams that he has played with in his NBA career.
The concept of the “GOAT” or the Greatest of All Time has been discussed for a long time now. Michael Jordan and LeBron James have always dominated the stage for this discussion. However, since Curry has won the same number of chips as LeBron and done it in the same team as Jordan within a similar window, one must consider whether he can surpass LeBron in the eyes of modern fans.
Stephen Curry has already surpassed LeBron James to new-age NBA fans
It is always controversial to compare NBA players. However, it can be said with certainty that Steph has been the larger face of the NBA in recent times. This is in comparison to LeBron James. A large reason for this is also because King James had the limelight on him all the way from 2004 to 2016. Moreover, he was a hyped-up draft prospect.
Steph has potentially surpassed LeBron in terms of popularity in modern times simply because of who he is. Curry is only around 6’3 and weighs 180 lbs. Therefore, anyone watching him play could believe, “Hey I can do that too“.
Clearly, most of these fans do not have his natural skill set or work ethic. Be that as it may, there is something relatable about Curry’s playstyle. He has revolutionized the game from the three-point line. This is to such an extent that there is almost no “bad shot” even in the context of jacking up ill-advised three-pointers.
Curry is a guard with elite handles and a ridiculous shooting speed and release. Therefore, he is unstoppable in his own rights in any scenario against other all-time greats. However, the critics don’t include him in the GOAT convo because of his size and tendency to be a defensive liability at times.
Is Steph Curry a top 10 player all time?
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The same critics seem to forget that Curry has stretched the floor with his shooting to such a large extent that every player could be a defensive liability. These are some of the reasons why he could be considered the GOAT by modern standards, especially for future generations.