Steph Curry is already a surefire Hall of Famer. Curry has revolutionized the game of basketball by shooting and making threes at a clip that nobody else in the history of the NBA has ever done. His shooting prowess has helped him win four championships with the Golden State Warriors, and he picked up one of the few pieces of hardware he was missing in the Warriors’ most recent Finals win when he was named MVP of the Finals.
Morant makes a bold claim about Curry after his most recent achievement
Curry is undoubtedly one of the best players in NBA history, and he further solidified his case as one of the greats with his performance against the Boston Celtics in the Finals this season. But where does Curry rank now that he has picked up the fourth ring of his career and a Finals MVP award?
If you ask Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant, Curry is now a top-five player in NBA history with his recent Finals win. Morant knows how good Curry is, as Golden State bounced him and the Grizzlies in the second round of the playoffs about a month ago. It’s ironic because had Morant not been forced to miss half of the series with an injury, there’s a chance Memphis could have eliminated the Warriors then and there.
Is Steph Curry a top-five player of all time now?
Curry’s recent win and performance have raised the debate of what this does for his legacy. There’s no question he was already largely respected in most NBA circles, but some folks looked down on Curry for needing to be part of a super team to win two of his first three championships. The argument is that if Kevin Durant wasn’t on the Warriors, would Golden State still have won back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018?
Curry single-handedly erased that argument throughout this Finals series. He was responsible for most of Golden State’s offense, despite drawing a ton of attention from the Celtics’ top-ranked defense. He won without Durant, and most of his teammates were hit or miss throughout the series.
Morant’s claim that Curry is now a top-five player in the game’s history isn’t as crazy as it once seemed. Curry has undoubtedly positioned himself as one of the top ten players of all time, but does he have what it takes to crack the top five?
A more in-depth look at that question would provide a more concrete answer, but the main takeaway here is that it is a topic of discussion given Curry’s recent accomplishments. There aren’t many players in the history of the game who share Curry’s winning pedigree while also being able to say they were at the forefront of the modernization of the game of basketball.
There may very well be five players with more career accomplishments than Curry’s, but his overall impact on the game of basketball erases the gap. Even then, it’s not as if Curry has much left to accomplish in his career; winning Finals MVP was pretty much the last item on the bucket list. But, of course, winning another championship is there every year, and who knows, maybe if he can continue to add more rings to his collection, the top five debate will have another name in Steph Curry that is on every list out there.