Don’t twist. This era of NBA basketball belongs to Stephen Curry.

On April 2, 2021, the Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors by 53 points. At the time, it seemed like the final blow to the body after the Raptors snatched their championship crown in 2019. The dynasty is over. Stephen Curry’s time as a league poster boy is up. However, 14 months later, the Warriors were once again NBA champions.

The Curry-led Warriors are now the first team in NBA history to go from bottom to top in three seasons, and the first team to win four championships in eight seasons since the Chicago Bulls won six from 1991 to 1998. year.

There are many reasons for the recovery, but the key one is the enduring success of Stephen Curry’s Wardell. As Curry once again thrived in the championship spotlight, he confirmed what is self-evident when you dive deep into the numbers: this is the Stephen Curry era. Yes, even higher than LeBron James.

Before you go straight to the comments section, that doesn’t mean he’s a better player by default than James. But Curry certainly defined this era of basketball by how he made his mark on the game, and no matter what list of the greatest players of all time you curate, his name should be on it.

When Seth Curry hugged his older brother on the hardwood floor in Boston, the first thing he yelled was, “What are they going to say now?” It became a common chorus when the Warriors celebrated all night. The answer is that we should give Curry his flowers, because he dispelled the tiresome arguments that were used to deprive him of his place among the great men of all time.

The hit on Curry was because of his post-season and final resume, but that’s actually when he did his best job compared to other greats of all time.

Prior to this Finals, his career average was 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. So the idea that he needed to have a great final this year to change his legacy is fake news.

In any case, this year’s Finals stage wasn’t too big again as he averaged 31.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 5.2 triples, hitting an effective .482/.437/.857, which is stellar 62.6 true. -percentage of shooting. Remember, he put that on defense #1 in the rankings when he was defended by Defensive Player of the Year. And the Warriors’ offensive rating in these Finals? 115.8 with Curry on the floor, 88.6 without.

The 2022 playoffs were no anomaly. Curry has a higher percentage of hits in the final than James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

Another blow to him was that he wasn’t tenacious enough compared to his big game mates. Well, Curry has the most clutch playoff goals since 2012-13.

In fact, Curry shines brightest in title-winning victories: his 32.5 career points per game in title-winning is the second most ever, behind only Jordan.

Don’t let his 34-year-old birth certificate fool you, he’s in a better position to extend his reign. Curry is now the second-youngest player to record 40 points and 10 rebounds in the final game.

And this is the most titled year for Curry. He broke an all-time three-point record and won: All-Star Game MVP, Western Conference Finals MVP, World Championship MVP and Finals MVP in one year.

And as he continues to receive accolades, he continues to join exclusive lists of only the best who have ever done so. Curry is:

• The fifth player to win two MVPs, the Finals MVP and the Player of the Year.
• Sixth player in NBA history with four rings, multiple league MVPs and Finals MVPs, joining James, Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tim Duncan.
• Seventh player to win four titles and two MVPs.
• 11th player in NBA history to be named MVP, All-Star Game MVP, and Finals MVP.

MVP finals have been waiting for a long time. Curry scored 3,570 career playoff points before picking up his first award — only Bryant (4,381) scored more before picking up the award, and Bryant’s legacy has never been a permanent referendum like Curry’s.

While the Finals MVP rounds out his resume, he didn’t need to crown him because he was already an eight-time All-NBA, two-time MVP, and two-time scoring leader.

Simply put, he was the best player on the best team of that era during one of the best streaks of all time. His career record of 93-41 in playoff games is better than any other MVP in history. Curry is also 22-4 in the playoff series and, unlike Jordan and James, he has never lost or even lost in five games, losing twice in seven and twice in six.

And the point is not only that he won, he went face to face with his contemporaries and constantly came out on top.

In the playoffs, he beat James, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard, several iconic players of his era. During those playoffs, he went through Nikola Jokic, Ya Morant, Luka Doncic, and Jason Tatum. – many young stars of the game want to take the throne.

In a game historically dominated by giants, Curry represents a new day when David can beat Goliath. Curry is only the third six-foot-two player to win Finals MVP, joining Tony Parker and Isaiah Thomas.

Remember the notion that you can’t win with a little point guard being your best player? Or did the shooting teams fail to win? It was the NBA talk that we believed 10 years ago that seems so stupid now because Curry proved otherwise.

But the biggest reason Curry ranks higher is because he’s avant-garde. No player currently and perhaps never has changed his style of play exclusively in the way that Curry did. In the 2013-2014 season, only three players made 524 three-point field goals – no wonder Curry and teammate Klay Thompson were two of them. In 2021-2022 there were 20 of them.

He is the heliocentric force around which everything revolves on the floor, in his organization and in the league.

We often have a discussion around: which of the great players of all time would you take off the NBA’s Mount Rushmore to add Curry there? Instead, let’s reconstruct the question: Who has more influence over the style of play and championship monopoly in his era than Curry?

And yes, top 10, top 5, wherever you draw the line, he’s in that class. It’s not within reach to say it. The game-changing Curry game and consistent wins speak for themselves. This is the era of Stephen Curry, so let’s enjoy it once and for all instead of looking for reasons to think otherwise.

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