Steph Curry Isn’t Even the Best Basketball Player from His Hometown
By: Alex Marcheschi
LeBron James and Steph Curry were both born in Akron, Ohio. Not only that, but they were both born in the same hospital (Summa Akron City Hospital). A lot of people know this at this point, I just thought it makes for a pretty funny headline. This #funfact is a sports trivia guy’s wet dream. For a sports trivia guy, the feeling of dropping “did you know LeBron and Steph were born in the same hospital?” on someone who doesn’t know rivals that of an illegal narcotic. What a wild coincidence. So, obviously my headline suggests that I think Steph has no chance to ever surpass LeBron. That opinion isn’t born out of irrationality or stubbornness, it’s entirely based in logic.
Steph is only three years younger than LeBron, he’s injury-prone and he’s small. I honestly see Steph reigning over the league for maybe the next 2-4 years, not much longer than that. The league will start to mimic him even more aggressively and the Warriors will get separated by contract demands.
LeBron currently has 26,833 career points and he’s nowhere near finished. Steph has 11,089 points. Who knows who will drastically fall out of their prime first, LeBron’s size and well-rounded game make it extremely feasible for him to play 10 more years on a very competitive level. Look at Tim Duncan over the past few years, if LeBron adopts his resting strategy and moves toward the post more, he could definitely play power forward as his career wound down. This is especially possible if the NBA keeps moving toward the “small ball” style of play.
Steph definitely has a chance to go down as one of the all-time greats, but he’ll never be able to say he’s the best player from his hometown, and that honestly sucks for him. Depending on what happens in this series, Steph could already tie LeBron in rings. That’s big, but I’m not a rings or die guy. I think Charles Barkley is the best power forward ever, even if he doesn’t have a ring. Tim Duncan fell into a perfect scenario in San Antonio, place a young Barkley in that situation and I’m sure he racks up rings too.
LeBron has four MVPs and Steph has two. Curry could catch him, but I doubt he will. The internet is already slowly starting to turn on him, and that actually matters because MVP votes are cast by pompous writers anyway. LeBron has 6,815 career assists and Steph has 3,393. He could feasibly catch LeBron there, but I doubt it. And then LeBron obviously murks him in rebounds, James having 7,067 and Curry having 2,149. Curry will definitely kill LeBron in career threes, but I respect total points more, and I don’t think Curry can catch the King there. That’s my argument.
*I’m going to use this platform to get something off my chest: the narrative that Steph Curry had to work harder than anyone else to get to where he is, is bullshit. Steph had a legendary NBA 3-point shooter for a dad and mentor. He grew up wealthy in NBA arenas, getting exposed to NBA professionalism and techniques at an extremely young age. Of course he’s extremely impressive for his size and he snipes from long range with amazing accuracy, but don’t tell me that’s more impressive than growing up in the ghettos of Akron without knowing who your dad is and shouldering the expectations of literally the entire world. Just think about how much your childhood influences your life right now.
I’m sorry, but I’ll fight to the death on this one.