With all of this “Stephen Curry being the best in the NBA” hype, it’s time to set the record straight. No one can compare LeBron James and Stephen Curry. It is that simple. There is no question that LeBron James is the best in the NBA and has been since he got drafted. Here are three reasons why:

LeBron James is a team leader. You can put LeBron James on any decent team in the NBA, and the team will instantly become Finals contenders. The Charlotte Bobcats can even be in the Finals with LeBron on their team. That is the type of player that LeBron James is. He has the ability to lead his team and make them the best in their conference. In 2015,  LeBron took an undrafted player (Matthew Dellavedova) to the Finals and he became a key player in that series. That is something that Stephen Curry cannot do. He has had tremendous help from his teammates. The Golden State Warriors have the best defensive players in Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut and one of the best 3-point shooters in Klay Thompson .The star power in the Warriors helps Stephen Curry become the great shooter that he is, which is something that the Cavaliers lack.

LeBron James was deemed “the best” since he came into the NBA. That is the main reason why he could go straight to the NBA from high school. Even in his rookie season, James was breaking records. He  joined Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan to be the only players in NBA history ( now joined by Tyreke Evans) to average at least 20 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds per game in their rookie season. James has only ascended into greatness since then. Curry, although he was known for his shooting skills, was not even relevant until his sixth season in the league.

LeBron James is one of the best athletes that I have ever seen. Being 6 feet 8 inches and 250 pounds, LeBron James is the most versatile player in the league. He can play all five positions, even though he has started as only power forward and small forward. In high school, James was just as good in playing football as he was in basketball. He was named first-team all state in his sophomore year ,and in his junior year he led his football team to the semifinals. Analysts have even considered whether James could have played in the NFL.

In retrospect, the only reason why Stephen Curry is being called the best player in the NBA right now is because he is on a great team, and he is a great shooter. Additionally, the media needs someone else be the center of all the hype because LeBron James will be 31 in a couple of days. Curry is not a better athlete than LeBron James.  Furthermore, the only reason why people have so much hate for LeBron James is because they hate to see him win. That comes with the territory of greatness. Stephen Curry is on the best team in the NBA; LeBron James is the best player in the NBA. It is that simple.

DeAsia Paige

Spark Sports NBA Analyst