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“I believe Steph Curry will eclipse LeBron James” — why Stephen A. Smith believes Steph Curry will replace LeBron James in GOAT debates

Stephen A. made a bold prediction about the Warriors' potential to win titles in the next few years.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry

LeBron James and Steph Curry

Stephen Curry has won three titles and has a chance to add one more to the list. Stephen A. Smith thinks Curry and the Golden State Warriors will win one or two championships in the next three years, and if it happens, Curry will surpass LeBron James on the GOAT list.

“I see the Warriors winning 2 of the next 3 titles”

Many have written the Golden State Warriors off in recent years, but this season, the core players are all healthy, and then there’s the addition of young guns led by Jordan Poole. Stephen A. Smith thinks the Warriors will win it all this time and in the following years because of the way their roster is composed.

“I see the Warriors winning 2 of the next 3 titles. I’m thinking about Stephen Curry, I’m thinking about Klay Thompson, I’m thinking about Draymond. But I’m also thinking about Jordan [Poole]. I’m willing to say the Golden State Warriors are winning 2 of the next 3 titles.”

Stephen A. Smith, First Take

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Stephen A. even added that if Curry wins two titles in his career, he will surpass LeBron James’ championship total, which would catapult him ahead of James in the GOAT discussion. “I believe Steph Curry will eclipse LeBron James and capture 5 championships in his career, while LeBron is still stuck on 4.

While many see this as the best chance for the Warriors to win a title before the championship window of Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green closes, Smith sees this as the start of another dynasty for Golden State. Kudos to the front office for keeping the core intact while preparing for the future. If there’s a blueprint on building a team without sacrificing the present and the future, other teams need to see how the Warriors have done it.

Could Steph Curry overtake LeBron James on the GOAT list?

Steph has a chance to tie James’ title haul or surpass him if he wins two or more. They play in different positions and have different skill sets, but if Curry manages to win five titles, he could in fact enter the GOAT conversation. James remains ahead in terms of individual numbers, but Steph is also a record-breaker in his own right.

Fans have different views about winning trophies. Players who haven’t won a title in their career will always have that asterisk on their resume, no matter how great they played. Meanwhile, for others, the number of titles doesn’t matter. Robert Horry won seven titles, but that doesn’t make him ahead of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or Allen Iverson. 

This obsession with winning a championship to validate a player’s career is a narrative created by the fans and the media. For sure, Steph Curry is not focusing on overtaking LeBron’s championship haul. Instead, his focus is on winning against the Boston Celtics. If the Warriors play well and stick together as a team, the future will take care of itself. 

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