BY NICK FORBES – SPORTS EDITOR
For years, when discussing the concept of greatness in the NBA, one name comes to everyone’s mind: Michael Jordan.
For years, the general consensus amongst experts and fans alike was that Jordan was the best, never to be surpassed.
Eventually, the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James entered the equation, but no one seems to have a definitive enough argument to dethrone Jordan.
But now things are changing. There’s another contender throwing his hat in the ring and making a bid for the greatest player of all time: Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
Unless you live in a world void of all television and social media, then you are well aware of who Curry is. The reigning MVP and his defending Championship team are the NBA’s sweethearts right now, and no one has been more vital to their success than Curry.
Coming from Davidson College, a small school in North Carolina with just under 2,000 undergrad enrollment, Curry made a name for himself on the national stage when he took Davidson to the Elite Eight in the 2008 NCAA tournament. An unbelievable Cinderalla story that prompted Golden State to draft the guard in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft. At first, Curry contributed just enough but was nothing spectacular.
Then, at some point, Curry became superhuman.
In the 2012-2013 season, Curry broke the single-season 3-point record with 272.
Impressive. But then he came back the next year and broke his own record with 286 threes.
Very impressive. This year, we are having trouble deciding whether Steph is a human or a robot. He has already shattered his own record with 318 threes, and he still has 15 games left to add to that gaudy total.
His Warriors are on pace to set the best single-season record of any team in NBA history, sitting at 61-6.
Curry’s shooting has gotten so outrageous that it’s an absolute shock to see him miss a shot. Pulling video-game-like moves and half-court shots has become an every-game occurrence for Curry, and this is no one-season feat. Curry has been building on his reputation season after season.
While the stats aren’t enough to quite challenge Jordan’s just yet, Curry still has plenty of basketball left ahead of him, as he’s only in his seventh year.
Curry’s trajectory is steep and rising fast. In a few years and with a few more titles, Curry could easily pass LeBron and Kobe. Then it would simply be a matter of establishing himself as the greatest basketball player of all time.