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“I think [Michael and Kobe] are in a different class than Steph Curry” - Tracy McGrady isn’t ready to classify Curry as an all-time great

T-Mac seems to be on the same line of thought as Steph's critics.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant

Steph Curry, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant

Stephen Curry is potentially just three wins away from securing his fourth NBA championship. If he does end up claiming his fourth title, Curry will join a prestigious and exclusive list of superstars who have this many titles.

However, even though Curry has already solidified himself as the greatest shooter of all time, some still believe that he doesn't deserve to sit at the same table as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Magic Johnson.

Tracy McGrady explains why

In an interview with NBC Sports, NBA Hall-of-Famer Tracy McGrady chimed in about Curry's status as an all-time great. According to McGrady, if Curry wins his fourth championship, he still doesn't deserve to be on the same tier as the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant just because Curry's personal accomplishments aren't equivalent to his team's success.

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"... his career individually and what he's accomplished with his team, is tough. Because, yeah he won a championship right? Against LeBron James that didn't have Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. He didn't win an MVP. Then he loses a 3-1 lead to LeBron, gets KD, KD comes, and wins two championships. So that gives Steph 3 championships but KD wins the 2 Finals MVPs," McGrady explained.

"I know Steph is like the 3-point God but when it comes to you know, putting him with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, like these guys who won that level of championships, I don't know where to rank him. I know he's pretty high but I think those guys are in a different class than Steph Curry," McGrady concluded.

McGrady's statements fully depict the criticism Curry has received throughout his career. He may or may not have meant to take a shot at the Golden State Warrior, but that doesn't mean it's not a relevant narrative. The only trophy that Curry lacks in his well-decorated resume is a Finals MVP award.

A legacy title on the line

That's why this current NBA Finals will define Curry's legacy. He's once again leading a team independent of Durant's services and is no longer part of a super team. So far, the point guard has been breaking records in the NBA Finals as he aims to capture not only his fourth championship but also his first Finals MVP.

"It would mean everything because it pretty much means you win the series. You think about like when Andre won [the Finals MVP], the two KD won, there's just so much joy in that moment no matter who wins the Finals MVP. You want to be the one experiencing it," Curry told Malika Andrews in a 1-on-1 interview.

Whether Curry can be classified in the same class as Jordan and Bryant after winning his fourth title is up for debate. However, if Curry finally wins his first Finals MVP this year, his resume will be complete enough to pass as an all-time NBA great.

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