The Golden State Warriors will face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals on Thursday night, with Steph Curry up front. ESPN analyst Doris Burke explained how Curry is a valuable part of their dynasty.
“Chef Curry” was selected with the seventh pick in the 2009 draft and has played for the franchise ever since. He has led them to three titles and is in pursuit of a fourth.
On ESPN’s “Greeny” Greeny before the start of Game 1, Burke believes the Warriors dynasty is shaped exclusively around Curry. Asked about Steph’s place among the greatest of all time, she replied:
“If you’re a defining figure in the history of your sport, which it is, and you’re a two-time MVP, the only unanimous MVP in NBA history, your track record is pretty good. You’re in the Hall of Fame, there is no doubt about it.
“What I admire most about Steph Curry is this guy – oh, there’s a lot of things – but if you talk to anyone in the Golden State organization, here’s a superstar of the highest order. It’s a dynasty that was shaped exclusively on its basketball abilities, and obviously they’ve had some other amazing pieces, right?
“And the Kevin Durant titles, there’s no ifs or buts about who the MVP of those NBA Finals was. It was Kevin Durant. But the system is built around Stephen Curry and what he But he never holds his organization hostage. There’s a humility that runs through Steph that I think pervades the organization.
“Boston tonight is always going to chase Steph Curry defensively because he’s the guy in a group of great defenders, he’s the guy and Jordan Poole are the guys they’re going to chase, but he’s competing in That ending may not be a strength, but he changes his body physically to be able to hold on, and there was a pride in the idea of him being attacked. That doesn’t change the fact that they are going to attack him. But I like the fact that he is competing.
“So where is he at? I don’t know. But I feel pretty good if I’m following Steph about where I fit in the game because of what I’ve already achieved.”
Some are starting to argue that a fourth title could put Curry ahead of LeBron James in the GOAT debate. However, Shannon Sharpe does not share this view.
Steph Curry led the Golden State Warriors to a sixth NBA Finals appearance in eight years
The 2022 NBA Finals appearance marks the eighth time the Warriors have gone this far in the competition in the 21st century. Their impressive run started in 2015 and they made it to the final every time they made the playoffs.
Although two of their previous five appearances ended in defeat, they were arguably the most dominant team. Barring injuries, they looked unbeatable in all of those finals.
While Steph Curry is the face of the franchise, players like Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have been instrumental in their success. Meanwhile, none of the players who make up their core have won a Finals MVP trophy.
In 2015, it was given to Andre Iguodala for his efforts in guarding LeBron James. The 2017 and 2018 MVP awards went to Kevin Durant.
Should Golden State win the 2022 title, it could put Curry in a unique position to win his first Finals MVP award. However, there are no freebies in the NBA as the decision will be made solely based on his performance.