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Warriors' Steph Curry ranked No. 31 player in NBA five years from now

Warriors' Steph Curry ranked No. 31 player in NBA five years from now

Steph Curry has been one of the best players in the NBA for more than half a decade now. 

He's the only player in league history to be named unanimous MVP, has been an All-Star six years in a row,and has posted the three highest scoring averages of his career outside of that unanimous MVP season in each of the last three years, with the numbers increasing each year.

Curry. LeBron James. Kevin Durant. Kawhi Leonard. James Harden. Anthony Davis. Giannis Antetokounmpo. If you were to ask a random person off the street to rank the top five players in the game today, chances are they would all come from that list of names.

But what about the best players in the game five years from now? Will Curry maintain his lofty place among the top NBA superstars?

This week, the NBA team at NBC Sports has been counting down its list of who it projects to be the 50 best players in the NBA five years from now in the summer of 2024. Age, potential, injury history and other factors all were taken into account, and the projections have Curry lower than you might expect.

NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh certainly feels that way, being of the opinion that Curry's No. 31 ranking is too low for the greatest shooter in the history of the sport.

"Did I miss something?" Haberstroh questioned. "I feel like the best shooter ever deserves a higher spot on this list. If you don’t think his superhuman ability to score from far away places won’t age well, consider the careers of Reggie Miller and Ray Allen, the only two players who have made more 3-pointers than Curry has in this league. Miller was starting playoff games at age 39. Allen was starting Finals games at age 38. Oh, and Steve Nash was an All-Star two weeks after his 38th birthday."

For reference, Curry will be 36 in the summer of 2024.

"Curry’s ranking suggests he’s at the tail end of his career," Haberstroh continued, "but he just increased his scoring average for the second consecutive season, averaging 27.3 points per game with pristine efficiency. After raising his scoring average to 28.2 points per game this postseason, there’s no signs of decline."

So why No. 31? What factor is holding Curry back from being ranked higher?

Haberstroh concedes that it's certainly possible Curry's injury history could rear its ugly head at some point, but even if that were to occur, he still thinks Curry is being underrated.

"OK, the ankles," Haberstroh wrote. "Yes, the ankles. There’s reason to worry that Curry’s wheels will deflate faster than the average NBA player, but even if Curry moves off the ball and becomes more of a spot-up shooter, I still think he’d stretch defenses to near half court. We’ve never seen a player like Curry who can launch from just about anywhere with the ball in his hands. 

"But even if he can’t terrorize defenses with his lightning-quick handles and crab-like lateral movement, he’ll still impact the game at a high level simply by standing there beyond the arc. Just ask Miller, Allen and Nash about how that gravitational pull ages."

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Curry underrated? Some things never change ...

Steph Curry reminded of old times vs. brother ahead of Warriors-Blazers

Steph Curry reminded of old times vs. brother ahead of Warriors-Blazers

Steph and Seth Curry will become the first pair of brothers to face each other in an NBA conference finals series when the Warriors and Trail Blazers meet for Game 1 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. While it will be a first for the league, it's a situation the two brothers have found themselves in quite often throughout their lives.

Their father, Dell, played 16 seasons in the NBA. Older brother Steph was the first unanimous league MVP in league history. And the younger Seth has a better career 3-point percentage than both of 'em.

Had to make for some pretty competitive games in the backyard, right?

You bet.

"He always loved Tracy McGrady. That was his favorite player growing up," Steph Curry said of his younger brother a day before Game 1. "Mine was Reggie (Miller). So it was kind of a little different era, but it was just back and forth, playing 1-on-1 ... It got pretty heated at times, like it does with brothers." 

"He always accused me of cheating when I didn't give him foul calls and all that type of stuff," Steph continued. "So, pretty standard relationship in that sense."

What about as adults? Do those 1-on-1 runs still take place today?

"We haven't really got to play in the summertimes as much recently, because of injuries and surgeries and different schedules and all that type of stuff."

Ah, right. Real life. Injuries. Something both brothers can relate to.

Steph, of course, saw the early portion of his career derailed by ankle injuries. The younger Seth has had his own share of poor injury luck, missing all of last season recovering from a fractured tibia. It came at a particularly inopportune time, as Seth was destined for unrestricted free agency this past offseason.

Seth ended up signing a two-year contract with Portland in July, and he's been a value-find for the Trail Blazers. Seth averaged 7.9 points per game during the regular season and gave coach Terry Stotts another solid option at guard behind the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

It's not lost on Steph how far his younger brother has come in the face of adversity.

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"(Seth)'s had a very interesting journey to get to where he's at, dealing with some significant injuries and surgeries as well," Steph said. "For him to just grind and understand that he belongs on this level ... his confidence in himself never wavered, and he works hard."

"It's been fun to watch him defy the odds in that sense," Steph continued, "and be who he is."

Just like Steph, Seth's rollercoaster journey has brought him to the Western Conference finals, Portland's first in 19 years. It's certain to be a memorable experience for the two brothers, but once the ball goes up, it's bound to feel like old times.

Reggie Miller admits Kevin Durant was right leaving Thunder for Warriors

Reggie Miller admits Kevin Durant was right leaving Thunder for Warriors

By now, Kevin Durant has proven the haters wrong.

When Durant announced he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors on July 4, 2016, he got crushed. Former NBA players ripped him, Hall of Famers criticized him.

But after two NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVPs, it's clear Durant made the right choice.

One of those Hall of Famers that chastized Durant was Reggie Miller. Nearly three years later, the former Pacers sharpshooter has admitted he was wrong and Durant was right.

"I piled on Kevin Durant when he first made that move" Miller said on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday. "I thought it was a sucker move, but I understand it and I understand why he did it. He's right. I don't think they would have ever won a championship, him and [Russell] Westbrook, in OKC. He made a business decision, and it is a business, people."

Miller made the comments while answering a question about Pelicans All-Star center Anthony Davis wanting out of New Orleans.

Miller never won a title in 18 years with Indiana. He never left the Pacers to join up with another superstar in order to win a title. Now that his playing days are over, Miller understands why current players want a ring so badly. It defines their legacy.

"He is one of those players that is a legacy player," Miller said. "When we think of Kevin Durant when his career is done, he is a legacy player. LeBron, legacy player. Right now, [Durant] is building a heck of a resume and I get it."

So what did Miller say about Durant back in 2016? He penned a column for Bleacher Report about the four-time scoring champion leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

Here are a few of the things Miller wrote:

"Durant would have been a god if he stayed in Oklahoma City."

"Even if Durant didn't win a championship like me, John Stockton or players who briefly spent time elsewhere like Ewing, Karl Malone, etc. the rest of the world would have looked at him in a different light because he fought, rather than joined, the giants—LeBron, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Chris Paul, etc. And to me, that's a true legacy."

"I believe Durant took an unnecessary shortcut by joining the Warriors."

"It gives me chills thinking about those experiences in Indiana. And that's not to say Durant won't encounter this with Golden State. He might. But he's in someone else's kingdom now."

We're glad Miller has seen the light.