Shaq calls Steph Curry the greatest player in the NBA 'by far'

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By , Audacy Sports

With a fourth NBA title to his name and numerous other accolades to his resume, Steph Curry's name has yet to mention in the conversation as the greatest NBA player in NBA history.

However, NBA on TNT analyst and Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal gave Curry the ultimate compliment to the Warriors point guard in a recent episode of his show The Big Podcast, referring to Curry as the "best player in the world."

When co-host Nischelle Turner asked why he thinks this, the 50-year legend explains he is giving Curry this high distinction because "greatness is measured by championships."

"Yeah, by far. Hell yeah." O'Neal said. "As Kenny Smith would tell you, you can have a category, but the real ones are recognized by the championships that you have. Nobody plays better than Steph Curry. He's a tough shot-taker, tough shot-maker. I like where he's brought his career."

This is not the first time O'Neal has been singing Curry's praises. At one point, he called him a top 10 player in NBA history and said he is the greatest shooter of all time -- a distinction he is accredited with after hitting a record 3,117 3-pointers. He also boasts career averages of 24.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 three-pointers made and 1.7 steals per game.

Curry is an eight-time All-Star and two-time NBA MVP, but most importantly, he has four rings to his name. He finally became an NBA Finals MVP last season when the Dubs took down the Boston Celtics in six games.

There is a case that Curry is one of the best players in the NBA, among other guys like LeBron James and Kevin Durant but it would be hard to argue that his name should at the very least be in the conversation of greatest of all time talk.

While there is anyone that knows anything about success, it would be O'Neal, having four NBA Championships to his name.

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