It’s been over a year since Stephen Curry consistently suited up for the Golden State Warriors but he is still a top 5 NBA talent.
In a span of one year, the NBA’s landscape has changed drastically. While numerous players have had astronomical rises to the top, Stephen Curry remains one of the league’s top five talents due to his contributions to the Golden State Warriors.
Curry missed all but five games this season as a fractured hand held him on the sideline. During this time, stars across the league posted incredible numbers and made their case as top players. Where will Curry rank among them once he returns?
Giannis Antetokounmpo has exploded into conversations as an all-time great over the last two seasons. He has led the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the association and will almost definitely bring home his second-straight MVP. It’s hard to find a player better than Giannis at the moment.
Then, there’s LeBron James. The potential GOAT still looks as good as ever, thrusting the Los Angeles Lakers into the top seed of the Western Conference. Alongside him is his two-way superstar sidekick, Anthony Davis. Davis is averaging 26.7 points and is one of the most impactful players in today’s game.
The Warriors know Kawhi Leonard all too well. The 2019 Finals MVP is still on top of his game, posting a career-high 26.9 points per game with the LA Clippers. There is no reasonable top five list that doesn’t include Kawhi.
What about Kevin Durant? He missed the entire 2019-20 season due to an Achilles injury but we have to assume he is still a once-in-a-generation talent if he fully recovers. Adding him to the rest of the list leaves little room for Curry to squeeze in, especially when other players such as James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard are taken into consideration.
But, Curry has a clear advantage over all of them. In fact, only James, Leonard, Antetokounmpo and Durant have real arguments to be placed over him. And even that is debatable, as Curry has seen more success than any of them in the last five seasons.
Curry is still in his prime and will have a great opportunity to remind the world what he is capable of next season. Make no mistake, Steph is a threat to become the best player in the game again.