The Toronto Raptors created history on Friday, with the Canadian basketball side clinching the NBA Championship with a 114-110 Game 6 win against reigning champion Golden State Warriors.
Stephen Curry could be the greatest player of his generation.
The 6’3″ point guard is changing the way basketball is played.
This is his tenth NBA season and his rise has been enormous. He had an awesome college career for Davidson College, winning the division 1 scoring title, but could he do it at the top level?
In his rookie year, Curry averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.90 steals in 36.2 minutes – a solid year, as the Golden State Warriors began to rise and piece together a championship team.
In 2011, the team drafted Klay Thompson from Washington State University. This would prove key to the team winning in the years to come, as the two best shooters in the game made each other better.
In 2015 and 2016, Curry was named MVP of the competition, as the Warriors went on a run of four consecutive finals appearances, winning three of them – all against Cleveland.
The debate at the moment is whether LeBron James is a better player the Michael Jordan, but maybe it should be if the King is better the Steph.
Both players have won three championships, both have won MVP awards – two for Steph and four for James – but it’s the way they impact the game as a whole that separates them.
Sure, LeBron can play awesome defense and offense but he hasn’t changed the game by his play, which Steph has.
Curry’s ability to shoot the ball from anywhere on the court and handle his way around defenders is incredible – he looks like a Globetrotter against the best players in the world.
One knock on Curry is his ability in big games, having never won a playoffs MVP, but the amount of effort opponents put into stopping him means his teammates are less heavily defended. I’d much rather guard him than leave him open.
At the end of the 2018-19 season, Steph could have more championships than LeBron, but does that make him better? Perhaps it’s that he’s changed the game from a more inside to outside scoring that separates the two legends.