Stephen Curry Could Become Greatest Ever: Magic Johnson

Stephen Curry Could Become Greatest Ever: Magic Johnson
Warriors at Wizards 2/3/16. Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0

Stephen Curry continues to transcend the sport in ways we’ve never seen before. Magic Johnson reckons that if Curry continues to play at his current level for another five years, we could be witnessing the greatest player in history.


Seriously? That is high praise coming from arguably the greatest point guard of all time. It’s fair to say that we’re reaching a stage wherein oppositions just stand back and marvel at Curry’s greatness.

How often do a player’s peers concede another’s greatness, with the postseason a few months away? It’s probably a sign that the rest of the NBA has already given up. Clearly, there is no stopping Curry and his Golden State Warriors. If anything, Saturday’s game just provided more proof. Also, don’t forget that Curry is still only 27. A player, especially a guard, usually hits his peak closer to 30.

Stephen Curry doesn’t play defense…

As great as Stephen Curry is, his detractors will be quick to remind the world that the guard barely plays any defense. Curry’s match-ups at the point guard position, the likes of Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook, are usually guarded by Klay Thompson. Also, Curry doesn’t impact the game on defense, the way elite PG’s of the past did – the likes of Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas and Gary Payton.

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Therefore, should Curry ever be in the reckoning for greatest of all time? If he continues in the same vein for another 4-5 years, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Curry’s impact is so long lasting and deadly that oppositions invariably don’t have an answer. How do you respond to a player who drains 10 out of his 15 three-point attempts and shoots over 50 per cent from the field? It’s impossible.

The Warriors are 53-5 after the victory and one game ahead of the Chicago Bulls’ 1995-96 pace toward a record 72 wins. If Warriors can supersede the Bulls on their way to another championship, Stephen Curry will take another step towards immortality. And all his detractors, ala Oscar Robertson, can continue to turn a blind eye.

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