ARGUABLY the best player in the league right now, Stephen Curry has had many influences in his game, and he’s had many idols growing up. But influences and idols may not always necessarily be the best, and that’s what the Golden State Warriors' All-Star guard confirmed last Tuesday morning.
During an event in Oakland where he was promoting his Facebook Watch Original Series, Stephen vs. The Game, Curry was asked to name his top five greatest NBA players of all time, which is like a healthy-sometimes-not debate in the world of basketball. But Steph seemed 100 percent confident in his choices.
If ya’ll didn’t hear that right, his list goes like this:
- Michael Jordan
- Wilt Chamberlain
- LeBron James
- Shaquille O’Neal
- Magic Johnson
It's hard to have much of an issue with Curry’s picks. We can argue for days and days that guys like Larry Bird and Bill Russell should be included on that list, but you certainly won’t have a problem with Jordan being on there because most, if not all basketball fans consider him the G.O.A.T.
Meanwhile, Chamberlain is the most dominant player ever—something that cannot be argued against when you look at the pure statistics. But that might be because he was a giant in a league that wasn’t really filled with tall players like him.
In the case of LeBron, he's an accomplished champion and multiple-time MVP. Along with Jordan, he's the most well-rounded player on the NBA has ever seen.
Shaq is the most dominant center of his generation and a four-time champion. He was a force to be reckoned with in his prime, there's no denying that.
In the case of Magic, he innovated the game as a 6-foot-9 point guard, becoming a five-time NBA champion. Heck, he was the league's most popular player until Jordan took that mantle from him in the '90s.
One notable name that fans on social media are looking for is the recently-retired Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant. Another name that doesn’t appear on the list is Steph’s own teammate, Kevin Durant. But then again, when you switch teams just for rings, whose respect are you going to earn?