It might be one of the silliest subjective arguments one can make; who are the greatest basketball players of all time? Who are your top five?
You can argue your case until you’re blue in the face but the reality is opinions will clash and everyone thinks they’re right.
And this question was proposed to Steph Curry recently and one name he mentioned could spell trouble for his Golden State Warriors championship hopes.
Steph Curry isn’t just the greatest shooter in the game right now; he’s widely regarded as the best in NBA history. Even shooting God Reggie Miller admits this when he calls Warriors games from time to time.
Curry’s range is unprecedented and his shooting percentage is through the roof even if the game has evolved from an inside out game to outside in. Curry’s actually partly responsible for that.
Many would consider Curry to be one of the top five players of all time including Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson who somewhat surprisingly put the two-time MVP on his top five list and left his own name off.
The fact is, nobody knows better than the guys although it is still subjective.
Curry was asked recently about who is top five are and his answer was not all that surprising except for one name.
He was asked during an event to promote his upcoming Facebook Watch docuseries “Stephen vs. The Game.”
So who were they?
Curry told the moderator his top five in no particular ranking were: Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and LeBron James.
Up until this year, Curry and James went head-to-head in four consecutive NBA Finals with the Warriors winning three out of four. Although, James one win was impressive because his Cleveland Cavaliers stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the championship.
If you know their history then you already know that things get contentious between the two over the years.
But James’ abysmal Los Angeles Lakers didn’t make the playoffs so how does this affect the outcome of the Warriors chances of winning the whole thing this year?
Aren’t Curry and Kevin Durant teammates? Many NBA analysts think this year was the one that Durant took over as the greatest player in the world with James’ career seeming to start on the downhill skid.
Shouldn’t you be cognitively aware of that even if you don’t believe it to be the truth?
The reason why that’s so important right now as we gear up for the playoffs is because reports suggest that the Warriors locker room is as divided as ever and Durant seems to be unhinged when he’s playing in games.
On Tuesday, Durant was ejected in the 3rd quarter for cursing at the refs and it’s believed that he wants out of the Golden State now.
Not to mention, it looks as though this team is going to shaken up drastically in the offseason with the huge push towards Klay Thompson instead of Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins or Durant.
Many report that Durant might team up with Kyrie Irving in New York to play for the Knicks in the offseason.
But Curry should’ve been smarter because the playoffs are almost here and it could’ve built camaraderie, regardless if he thought it was true. Nevertheless, they’ll probably win anyway because they’re just too stacked and it might be the greatest starting five in NBA history.