Stephen Curry Lists LeBron James Among His Top 5 Basketball Players Ever

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On Monday night, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry revealed his top five NBA players of all time. Longtime rival and former Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was on his list.

The other names on Curry’s list included Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, and Magic Johnson. 

Curry was at an event in Oakland to promote his Facebook Watch original series, “Stephen vs. The Game,” when he was asked to name his top five players ever.

Curry’s list is a solid one. James versus Jordan has been an evergreen debate amongst NBA fans for best player of all time. Chamberlain once scored 100 points in a single game. O’Neal was an unstoppable force in the paint and was one of the most dominant players ever in his prime. Finally, Johnson was a wizard on the court with his sensational playmaking abilities.

With any of these lists, however, comes disagreement. Not everyone will agree on a surefire top five players of all-time list. There are compelling cases to include players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, and more. Still, is important to remember that people have their opinions and Curry is thus fully entitled to his own.

That Curry included James in his top five is telling of the respect that the Golden State Warriors star has for James. It is likely that James dealt Curry the most painful loss in his career in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. In naming James to his list, Curry deserves a lot of credit for looking past the rivalry and speaking what he genuinely feels.

Curry is in the midst of another stellar season, averaging 27.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 43.7 percent on 3-pointers.

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Abhinav Seetharaman has been a passionate NBA follower for the last 13 years. He is an ardent Cavs fan who has supported the team since he first fell in love with basketball. While his favorite player is LeBron James, he still reps the Land all day and is incredibly excited to write for Cavaliers Nation. Abhinav received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in May 2018, and will be returning to Columbia this fall to pursue his Masters. You can follow him at @AbhiSeeTheRamen.