Steph Curry Discusses Debate About His Place as NBA's Best Player and Top 10 All-Time

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 19, 2022

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics in San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry continues to climb the ranks of the greatest of all time, but he doesn't concern himself with any rankings.

Curry gave his thoughts on the ongoing debate to Zion Olojede of Complex:

"I mean it’s for fans and for all the 'experts', I ain't even want to call them experts anymore but the talking heads that cover our game and it's their job to try to stir up drama when it comes to whose lists, whose rankings, who's the best currently and all that type of stuff. I think anybody who knows basketball knows that this is the way we talk about in terms of talking real basketball: there's a shortlist of guys in the league that every team would want and there's a shortlist of guys that impact winning and have done it consistently. When you're in that category whether it’s right now or all-time and you have the respect of your peers, that's the conversations we want to be having. Everybody's list is different, that's the beauty in it. We got 10 people and they'll have 10 different top lists. You'll crack one of them and let those conversations be what they are.

The 34-year-old won his fourth NBA title with the Warriors this season, taking home Finals MVP for the first time.

It adds to an individual resume that includes eight All-Star selections, two MVP awards and two scoring titles. He is also the all-time leader in made three-pointers with 3,117, passing Ray Allen last season.

Curry was named one of the top 75 players in NBA history during the 75th anniversary celebration last year, but he is in a much more exclusive group after his latest title run.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Only 6 players in NBA history have 4 rings, multiple league MVPs, and a Finals MVP:<br><br>LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and, now, Steph Curry. <a href="https://t.co/KTEVeCz7XJ">pic.twitter.com/KTEVeCz7XJ</a>

The guard is certainly headed to the Hall of Fame after his career comes to an end, although he'll let others debate exactly where he ranks among the best all-time.

He is still defending the 2017 Warriors as the top team in league history.

After saying in January that the squad would "absolutely" beat the 1996 Chicago Bulls, Curry told Olojede that the Warriors could also beat the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers.

"Obviously we feel like we can win," Curry said. "I don’t know who would guard Shaq, but I don’t know who would guard me and Klay either. We rockin' with that. And three is better than two."