“As great as LeBron James is, Steph Curry is the world’s best player right now”: Kenny Smith boldly places Warriors legend over the King ahead of play in game

Amulya Shekhar
|Published May 19, 2021

Kenny Smith took the unusually bold decision of launching a slight at LeBron James at Steph Curry’s expense.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 2 months, this isn’t all that outlandish a notion. Curry has showcased his best individual basketball of all time till date since coming back from a tailbone injury.

The man snagged Western Conference Player of the Month awards for both April and May. In his 28 games since the All-Star break, Curry averaged MVP-worthy numbers of 34.9 ppg while shooting 43.1% from long range.

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The Warriors were owners of a 23-27 record in the first week of April before Steph came back for good. They went on a 16-6 run to round the season out as the 8th seed in the West.

Steph’s historic month of April saw him swish a mind-boggling 96 3-pointers in 15 games. At a rate of 6.4 made 3s per game, this represents a practically Utopian intersection of volume and efficiency.

Kenny Smith lauds Stephen Curry as the world’s best player over LeBron James right now

One of the jobs of most analysts on TV is to view situations on the basis of cold hard facts. The cold hard facts of the past month-and-a-half suggest that LeBron James is in the neighborhood of 80% of his Finals self.

Steph, meanwhile, has been popping off at historically great levels. It’s this that Kenny wanted to bring forth when he said that Stephen Curry is the world’s best player at the moment.

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It is essential that the Chef brings his A-game to the Staples Center in front of a 9000-strong crowd today. The Warriors need him to put up a monster night to stand any chance against LeBron James in a one-off game.

Kenny Smith has added fuel to the already raging competitive fire with a statement that puts Steph at that pedestal. LeBron has never taken kindly to being considered below Steph in conversations like this.

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Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar is a sports junkie who thrives on the thrills and frills of live sports action across basketball, football (the American variant works too), parkour, adventure sports. He believes sports connect us to our best selves, and he hopes to help people experience sports more holistically.

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