ESPN pins Stephen Curry’s 2014-2015 season as 18th best in NBA history

PORTLAND, OR - MAY 9: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after hitting a shot during overtime of Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on May 9, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The Warriors won 132-125. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MAY 9: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after hitting a shot during overtime of Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on May 9, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The Warriors won 132-125. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /
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ESPN ranked the top 74 individual seasons in NBA history, and Stephen Curry’s first MVP season 2014-2015 was ranked 18th best, his highest placement.

How great is Stephen Curry? Is he a top-ten player of all time? What about top 15? Top 5? Rather than rank him, ESPN decided to rank where may his first MVP season from 2014-2015 placed among the best individual seasons in NBA history.

With the NBA currently suspended due to coronavirus, the content being produced has an offseason feel. All the evergreen content with the underlying desire to light a spark under a fanbase is hitting the mainstream media.

That said, ESPN released its top-74 individual seasons in league history. For Stephen Curry, a two-time MVP, many would assume his “best” season would be the 2015-2016 one in which he was the league’s only unanimous MVP.

Well, think again, ESPN ranked the season prior to that as the 18th-best in league history. Here’s what they said on the season which Curry neared 30 points per game in the playoffs, capping it off with his first NBA title.

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"The arrival of Steve Kerr coincided with Curry exploding into a human supernova in the 2014-15 season, winning the first of two straight MVP awards and leading Golden State to the first of five straight NBA Finals appearances — and winning the first of the franchise’s three titles. — Bontemps"

Curry went on to also hold No. 36 and No. 46 on the list. As for former teammate and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, he also snagged a few spots on the list. His highest was No. 29 with three other seasons being ranked in the 50s.

The Warriors as a franchise also had a few more on the list as Wilt Chamberlain claimed the fourth spot while playing with the San Francisco Warriors. The Philadelphia Warriors, the team’s city before moving to San Fran in 1962, also had a few occupy spots on the list.

Many neglect Chamberlain’s greatness given the era in which he played and the lack of developed talent that surrounded the league in the back prior to the 90s. However, the numbers he put up were truly awing.

That said, Curry has taken over as the face of the franchise for the past decade and has delivered some of the best performances the NBA has ever seen like his eruption in last season’s close-out Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals after being held scoreless in the first half.

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He’s still among the best in the league and has indefinitely changed how the sport is played.