Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry solidified his legacy years ago. He was great long before the start of the 2022 final and would have been great no matter the outcome. But championship wins and Finals MVP awards can only help a player climb that historic ladder. Wherever Curry was 24 hours ago, he can only go higher from here.
And Andre Iguodala believes that he has reached the absolute pinnacle of his position. The man who once kept Curry away from the 2015 Finals MVP award now believes his teammate is the best point guard in NBA history. When asked what this fourth league title meant to him, Iguodala went into detail about the lack of respect for Curry despite Golden State’s previous titles and where he currently sits on the record.
“This one carries a lot of weight just because of all the punches they threw at us in every championship,” Iguodala said. “Especially what they threw at Steph. Finals MVP at first and then KD [Kevin Durant], the best player in the world, tried to say it was unfair. Then you spend a year where they win, what, 15 games? And then last year, failing to get into the playoffs. So that everything fits together, like it did with me leaving and then returning, with a different role, with different abilities, and then with great teammates. Another set of supporting actors, here’s this guy [gestures to Gary Payton II] was huge for us. Made himself a very big salary this summer, very happy for him, [Andrew] Wiggins, Jordan Poole, the height of these guys. More than anything, Steph, I think he has proven himself today, not even today, but only with his career as the best point guard of all time.”
The historical consensus tends to regard Magic Johnson as the greatest point guard of all time. When CBS Sports ranked the top 15 players of all time, Johnson ranked fifth and Curry ranked 13th. In most rankings, the two were tied, and for many, Johnson’s role in making the NBA the league it is today makes his place in history utterly and utterly untouchable. Nothing Curry does will convince such fans.
But the similarities between them are striking. Curry, like Johnson, is completely unique stylistically. Like Johnson, Curry played with a number of other stars who may have limited the fame he could earn for himself but helped him win a ton of championships. They are the defining point guards of their era. There is no objective answer which one is better. But after Iguodala made it public, there is currently a legitimate debate going on between the two of them. Johnson’s 30-year reign is finally being challenged.
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