7 Reasons Steph Curry Will Never Be as Good as LeBron James

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LeBron James Defensive Player of the Year

From 2008-09 (his sixth season in Cleveland) through 2012-13 (the third of his four seasons with the Miami Heat) James was every bit as formidable on defense as he was with the basketball in his hands. While he has never led the NBA in steals, he remains capable of getting into passing lanes and either igniting a fast break or streaking toward the basket for a breakaway dunk. And he can still chase down an opponent from behind as well as deliver jaw-dropping blocked shots.

Curry’s average of 1.8 steals a game for his career is the same as James’. But until he can become so much as a second-team selection, there is no comparison between the two on the defensive end of the floor.

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Ken Hornack is a longtime NBA sports journalist. Before covering the Orlando Magic for the Daytona Beach News-Journal and FoxSportsFlorida.com, the native of the Cleveland area got his foot in the door with the Cavaliers during the Tom Nissalke coaching era and will forever associate his senior year of high school with the Miracle of Richfield. You can follow him @Ken_Hornack.