The best basketball player in the world right now stands 6-foot-3, weighs 190 pounds, and can’t do a tomahawk dunk on the break. And Stephen Curry doesn’t mind that last bit at all.
In an interview with Sean Gregory for Time magazine’s “Year Ahead” issue, Curry opened up about life in the NBA, the secrets behind his improvements this season, and many other topics—including if he thinks is he’s the world’s top basketball player today.
“In my mind, yes,” Curry said in the interview published Wednesday. “That’s how I have confidence out there that I can play at a high level every night.”
Curry clarifies that he’s not out here saying this to boast. Instead, it’s just the confident mindset he carries on the court that’s necessary to drive him against some of the world’s best competitors and perform at his best.
“I don’t get into debates, arguing with people about why I am versus somebody else,” said the reigning MVP. “I feel like anybody who’s at the level I’m trying to be at, if you don’t think that when you’re on the floor, then you’re doing yourself a great disservice.”
The numbers back up his confident claim. Aside from helping the Golden State Warriors to an NBA championship last season and a historic 27-1 start this year, Curry also leads the league in scoring (31.8 points a game), eight full points better than his 23.8 average in 2014-2015. Plus, the guy’s just been lights out from the floor, shooting at a career-high 52 percent while dishing out 6.2 assists.
The whole interview’s a revealing read that offers a lot more interesting insights—like who he thinks is the top point guard in the league he’s fired up to face, the athlete that inspires him the most, his biggest fears. When asked what else to expect from him in the coming year, Curry had a simple reply.
“You should expect me to keep getting better,” he said.