Ever since Stephen Curry has made it all the way to the Finals, there has been a lot of negative remarks being said about him. Many players are quick to criticize Curry and dismiss him from the accomplishments he has earned so far. It’s almost as if they do not want to see him ascend into the realm of the legendary players despite him being so humble.
The Struggling Years
When Stephen Curry first entered into the league, he was a scrawny 6 foot 3 point guard who was known to be able to shoot 3-pointers. The Golden State Warriors were in the midst of a rebuilding season as they were figuring out who to keep and not.
Curry had to deal with injuries early on so many people were quick to label him as a bust. It was not as though he was performing badly, fans just labeled him as a bust because that was the first time in the NBA that a player was taking so many 3-pointers.
In his 2013-14 season, he broke that shell as he made the All-Star for the first time in his career. He had gained trustworthy teammates in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. That was when he started to ascend.
Spreading his wings
In the 2014-15 season, Stephen Curry was named the MVP of the league and fans around the league started to acknowledge him. That wasn’t all as he went on to win his first NBA championship. However, Curry did not win the finals MVP. Andre Iguodala was the recipient of that award.
Nevertheless, the next season, the Golden State Warriors 73-9 record which is the most won by any franchise in the NBA. Stephen Curry won the scoring title that year plus he became the 1st unanimous MVP. However, they would fall in the NBA Finals to LeBron and the Cavaliers in 7 games.
In the next 3 years, the Warriors made 3 finals appearances after acquiring Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder. They won 2 championships. But Curry never minimized his output. He kept pouring in and always had a humble approach towards the game.
After Durant’s departure, the Warriors saw some dark days as they were hovering in the bottom of the league. Curry led them to the play-in tournament in 2020-21 season but ultimately fell short as the supporting cast was a different one.
This year they have once more returned to their usual Golden standard and are looking to win the championship. This time Stephen Curry is surely going to be named as the Finals MVP. He broke the 3-point record, he has made over 3000 threes in his career and has made 6 finals appearances already.
His resume is very impressive considering he still has few more years left in the NBA. He will surely win a few more championships before he call it quits. Curry’s path has certainly not been an easy one and he definitely deserves the praise. He made it into the top 75 players of all time.
Yet his status has always been pulled down when talking about where he ranks in greatness. Ex-players should question themselves. They could not do something which Curry is doing. He is a specialist in 3s and he has taken it to legendary levels. He changed the game played in the NBA and he deserves to be put in top 10 players of All-Time. In my mind, Curry is the 2nd best point guard in NBA history behind only Magic Johnson.