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The LeBron James versus Stephen Curry Rivalry: Can We Even Compare?

Now that the 2016 NBA Finals is set with the Cleveland Cavaliers facing the Golden State Warriors, the spotlight will be focused on the two basketball superstars:  LeBron and Curry.  With one ring versus two, can we make the assertion that Curry is as good, if not better than LeBron?  Just like the old Michael Jordan versus Kobe Bryant debate, a lot of this discussion is subjective.  We’ll try to objectify the comparison for you in this week’s article.

If they ain’t got a ring, then they don’t mean a thing.  Being the MVP of the league is good, but who will ever remember how many MVP awards they won?  Titles dictate greatness and winning them defines legacies.  Comparing the championships, LeBron has two and Curry, for now, sits at one.  With the way things are going, it might be tied.  Nonetheless, LeBron wins this category.

Having (or not having) help – the importance of having a supporting cast.  Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Ron Harper to name a few.  Kobe had Shaq, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, and Pau Gasol.  James had Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen.  Stephen Curry?  Well Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are certainly good players, but not the superstars others had.  For this category, Curry is better.

Getting it done – looking at the age difference.  LeBron is currently thirty-one years old, while Stephen Curry is twenty-nine.  If Curry does win this year, he will have won two championship in a shorter time than James.  Because it is too premature to determine how many championships each will eventually win, this category should be a wash.

Numbers never lie – except when they are biased.  LeBron has the most points scored, most rebounds, and most of every numerical statistical category.  Stephen Curry is putting up some numbers as well, especially with shooting percentage and 3 pointers made.  However, both players are different in the way that they play.  James’s physique allows him to easily dominate the paint even if he were to wear a weighted vest, while Curry’s agility skills makes him more of a perimeter shooter/slashing guard.  So from our perspective, this category is also a wash. 

To sum it up, both players are too good to determine who is better.  But what really matters is how many NBA championships one wins and if anyone wants to be nit-picky, the quality of their supporting cast.  Curry essentially did it with a weaker squad, so you have to respect that.  It is too early to call but judging by the way the Golden State Warriors are playing, Curry will surly have a few more rings.  As for LeBron and Cleveland, it will take a major rebuild to put together a team strong enough to challenge the Warriors.  Stay tuned, you never know if the Decision II will happen …

 

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