If not already, what would finalize Steph Curry as the best player in the world?

Steph Curry
Stephen Curry
(Photo: Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

We like to deem the NBA’s best player as the best player in the world. Given the Association’s elite standing in the landscape of basketball worldwide, it only makes sense.

LeBron James earned that title during his current era as the league’s best player, especially as he tallied up his ring count with the Heat from 2012-2013 with Olympic gold medals to match. But the league’s current phenomenon is Steph Curry, the catalyst and maestro of one of the most exciting teams in NBA history. Winning MVP and an NBA title last season brought Steph into that formal phase of elitism, and he multiplied that momentum to start this season.

Despite the Cavs being significantly short-handed in the 2015 Finals, Steph stood toe-to-toe with LeBron James and beat him. That’s no small feat, especially considering the gargantuan individual performance LeBron displayed. My question is this — has Steph Curry now also earned the reigns as the world’s best player? And if not, what would make that notion undisputed?

A vague but significant piece of criteria for this title, in my opinion, has to include the functionality of Team USA. This is what I think you have to ask yourself in regards to the world’s best player — when the NBA’s best talent convenes for an Olympic run, who is the focal point? Has Steph earned the right to supersede LeBron in that regard? I certainly think he’s earned the respect, but in this sense, I still see LeBron as the primary go-through player on that worldly scale. Overall, he still possesses the most dominant presence.

I believe there is one particular thing Steph can do to solidify himself as the world’s best player. If he faces LeBron and the Cavs again in the Finals, especially if Cleveland is fully healthy, and Curry beats LeBron in a rematch, not only would he have to be regarded as the world’s best player, but this would officially become his era.

Previous articleLeBron James on never meeting Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals: ‘I hate that it didn’t happen’
Next articleLakers Lair Ep. 2: Farewell Mamba
Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here