Steph Curry Is The Best Player In The NBA!

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You may have read a post recently, written by my colleague, about why LeBron James is better than Steph Curry. I disagree with him, and here’s why:

LeBron WAS the best player in the NBA – until Curry came along. If a unanimous vote (the first ever) for MVP doesn’t convince you that he is currently the best player, then I really don’t know what will.

And of course LeBron James has more MVP titles than Steph Curry – he’s been playing in the NBA for six more years. The fact that Curry won the title this year (and last year) shows that he is on top.

Warriors at Wizards 2/3/16, source: Keith Allison via Flickr/Wikipeida – cropped

Warriors at Wizards 2/3/16, source: Keith Allison via Flickr/Wikipeida – cropped

Next, let’s take a look at the fact that Curry led his team to break the 1995-96 Bull’s record with 73 wins in the 2015-16 season. The Cavaliers’ record was 57-25. That’s 16 more losses than the Warriors. That kind of difference is no fluke; it really does point to who the better team is.

LeBron James has won two NBA championships. Steph Curry has won one – in 2015. Not only is Curry the reigning champion, but he is well on his way to earning a championship ring two years in a row. And he’s doing it a lot quicker than LeBron did.

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LeBron James as a Cleveland Cavalier, source: Keith Allison via Flickr/Wikipeida – cropped

The season is over, and he is still breaking records. Take a look at game 4: the Warriors hit 17 3-pointers – the most for a Final’s game EVER. Seven of those 3-pointers were Curry’s, highlighting his 38-point game. How many points did LeBron score in that game? 25.

Continuing with my theory of the last two years proving that Steph Curry is better than LeBron James, let’s take a look at some stats from the last two seasons:

3P%:

2014-15: LeBron James:  .354, Stephen Curry: .443

2015-16: LeBron James: .309, Stephen Curry: .454

In case you aren’t aware of just how talented Curry is with 3-pointers, take a look at the records that he has set…

In 2013, he set the record for 3-pointers made in a regular season with 262. He broke his own record in 2015 with 286, and again in 2016 with 402 3-pointers. He just keeps getting better and better.

Total Points scored in the past two seasons:

2014-15: LeBron James:  1743, Stephen Curry: 1900

2015-16: LeBron James: 1920, Stephen Curry: 2375

Statistics aside, Curry has something that is not seen very often in basketball anymore: versatility. Clyde Frazier put it really well when he said, “He’s the kind of guy that can make a transition. So I think he could probably play in any era.” Watch more on what Clyde had to say here:

And you know what, I actually appreciate who Steph Curry is as a person. So often I see these athletes who I enjoy watching, but the way they act is a terrible role model for kids to follow. Not so with Steph Curry. Take a look at the fact that he walked away from Nike’s endorsement offer. He knew that they were undervaluing him, so he turned them down. This is a great testament to his character and leadership ability. He knew when to walk away, even from an endorsement giant, and in doing so provided a great example to everyone that you should never settle.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for Steph Curry to clinch the championship for the second year in a row, and prove that I’m right.

Let’s go Warriors!