If there was any doubt left about Stephen Curry‘s legacy (fair or not), the 2022 NBA Finals has put that to rest.
After scoring 34 points in the Golden State Warriors championship-securing 103-90 win on Thursday, Steph Curry was given the trophy he watched Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant receive in 2015, 2017, and 2018.
After the Game 6 win, he’s in truly rarified air.
On top of his four titles, Steph Curry has two regular-season MVPs, two scoring titles, and a Finals MVP. Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Jordan are the only other players in league history to match or exceed all three benchmarks.
His legacy is now impossible to nitpick. Really, it should’ve been before this series, but that didn’t stop some from trying.
After Game 1, Fadeaway World pointed out, “Stephen Curry Lost 8 Of His Last 9 NBA Finals Games Without Kevin Durant.” At the beginning of this season, Skip Bayless, a longtime champion of this argument, tweeted, “No way Steph has his last two championship rings without Kevin Durant.”
And he added to the debate a couple weeks ago.
In a soundbite from Draymond Green posted on Twitter, the Warriors’ point forward said, “Steph Curry got double-teamed probably seven times the amount that KD did in a given series.”
Steph Curry: The Unanimous MVP
Now several years into this era of sports and social media culture, we should be used to this. There wasn’t much reason to measure Curry up to Durant. He didn’t need another championship to secure his place in NBA history.
But we need the stuff to talk about. And talk and talk and talk about.
To many, it didn’t matter that while Durant was in Golden State, the Warriors were plus-10.9 points per 100 possessions when Curry played without KD (compared to plus-3.1 when Durant played without Curry).
It didn’t matter that he was already the undisputed greatest shooter of all time, with a seemingly impossible-to-catch combination of volume and efficiency from three.
It didn’t matter that he’s the league’s only unanimous MVP.