Without Steph Curry, this era of Golden State Warriors basketball would not be as successful as it has been.
That’s been a widely-held belief for a while, but his most recent masterpiece leaves no doubt.
Curry further cemented his case as one of the greatest players in NBA history with his performance against the Boston Celtics in this year’s Finals, which Golden State won in six games. It was a vintage showing from start to finish, with Curry’s skill proving to be too much for a Celtics team that defended him fairly well.
Curry was named the series MVP for the first time in his career, silencing critics who for years clamored that the accolade eluding him was evidence that he was not one of the league’s top players ever.
Of course, such a distinction never really was needed in order to prove his standing in the game. And as the Warriors celebrated in Boston last week after winning yet another title, head coach Steve Kerr made sure to express to the star guard just how indispensable he’s been.
“We shared some words on the stage, as all the players and family members were on the stage, and I just shared with him how much he has meant to me,” Kerr said during an appearance this week on “The Lowe Post” podcast. “Basically, what I told him was that as great as everybody has been with the Warriors – from ownership to the front office to the coaching staff to great players coming through here, All-Stars – that this has all been built on him.
“Like most dynasties, the Spurs were basically built on Tim Duncan, the Lakers were built on Magic Johnson, the Celtics were built on Larry Bird, the Bulls on Michael Jordan. Taking nothing away from all the great players and coaches and GMs and ownership people that contribute to all of this, there’s usually one transcendent star that is the reason for whatever you want to call them, dynasties or runs or whatever. And that’s what I shared with him, that he’s basically the reason that this has all happened.”
It is indisputable that Curry’s resume makes him one of the greatest players of all-time. Regardless of where he ranks, the Warriors’ current run is among the best ever, and he’s been front and center of it all.