We’re living wild days in the NBA right now. Every time people try to make a list about the best players at a certain age or at a certain position, fans lose their mind because they consider a mistake has been made. However, there are cases when the vast majority agrees that something is wrong with a ranking, and nobody can blame them.
We already saw what ESPN did with Zion Williamson and Klay Thompson, but it looks like the so-called worldwide leader in sports isn’t the only one to make some claims that people don’t find accurate.
This time Bleacher Report tried to put the bar even higher, and they actually did it. They attempted to rank the Top 50 All-Time Players in NBA History. Even though everybody has a different opinion, there was something that made people raise their eyebrows when they released their countdown on Thursday.
As expected, Michael Jordan was ranked number 1, followed by LeBron James, but that’s not the crazy part of this. Following these two, the top 10 was pretty normal, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Bill Russell, and Wilt Chamberlain filling the list. Yet, when we got to the 10th position, a surprising name surfaced, Stephen Curry.
Nothing personal here, Curry has had a marvelous career, full of accolades and good moments. The thing is, when you see the kind of players that go after Curry, things start to go the wrong direction. To name a few players, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robertson, and Oscar Robertson were beaten by Chef. If that wasn't enough, he was ranked higher than Kevin Durant, and even worse, Kobe Bryant.
Yes, according to Bleacher Report, Stephen Curry has been a better player than Kobe Bryant ever was. Bryant won five championships, including 2 Finals MVPs, an award that was elusive for Steph during Golden State’s dynasty. He also won two scoring titles, something Curry hasn’t won, either.
Curry is arguably the greatest shooter in the history of the game and has won two MVP awards against the only one Kobe won. But, Bryant made it to 12 All-Defensive Teams, including 9 appearances on the First Team, the weakest point of Curry’s game, who’s been highly criticized for this.
Beyond that, the instinct killer that Kobe had, the way he tried to give his best and do anything he could to make his team win, that’s something we can’t see nowadays. Bryant was a different type of player, one that is always in the GOAT conversation, not one who can’t even make it to the top 10 on an All-Time player list.