As it stands today, Steph Curry is the best player in the NBA. I know that we’re only five games into the season and I’m not trying to be prisoner of the moment, but when a player has scored 179 points in five games and the only other player in NBA history to match that total is Michael Jordan; that player deserves some praise.
Curry’s averaging 35.8 points per game, 5.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists. That’s insane. Just for a comparison, Lebron James’ season stats are; 22.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists. James being widely considered as the best player in the game is the reason for the comparison; but it’s time for the NBA community to wake up and realize that James is no longer the ‘king’ of the league.
Not only has Curry been playing at the highest level of anyone in the league, but he’s lead his team to a 5-0 start. That’s right, he’s lead the defending champion Golden State Warriors to a 5-0 record. You know the same Warriors team that everyone has dismissed as champions because their opponents lost some key players to injuries. That because their players stayed healthy for the majority of the season [especially through the playoffs], their championship isn’t as legitimate as others in the past. Well, regardless of what everyone else thinks, this team is annihilating their completion and looks to be in prime position to repeat as champs.
What’s interesting to note is that this Warriors team seems reminiscent of another team in a different league; that team would be the New England Patriots. Like the Patriots, they have a superstar player in Steph Curry, who had to deal with the media not giving him a fair shake during the offseason. The Warriors have also had to deal with the media and the league’s unenthusiastic view of their championship. I understand that comparing the two teams is a bit of a stretch given that the Patriots have been caught cheating on more than one occasion, however the way they (the Warriors) punish their opposition as their way of legitimizing their standing in the league is eerily similar.
Steph Curry is currently the best player who’s playing on the best team in the league. There’s no guarantee that he and his team will repeat as champions, but one thing is for sure, they’re going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch.