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Steph Curry a top-10 NBA player already? Bleacher Report thinks so

Steph Curry a top-10 NBA player already? Bleacher Report thinks so

Who is the G.O.A.T?

When it comes to the NBA, the debate will never cease. You'll either say Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Now that they both star in "Space Jam" movies, you can't use that as a tie-breaker anymore.

We digress ... 

Bleacher Report did a recent ranking of the greatest basketball players of all-time and to no surprise, author Andy Bailey ranked M.J. No. 1 with King James right behind him. 

Additionally, Warriors All-Star guard Steph Curry made the list ... at the No. 10 spot.

Bailey wrote Curry arguably is already the best point guard in NBA history and made some flowery compliments to the Golden State star.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has said it all about Steph, saying he is like Steve Nash on steroids. And the NBA legend Nash himself said Curry "maybe as skilled a player as we've ever had in this game." 

Bailey not only agreed with the statements, but compared the two point guards.

"[Curry] figuratively changes the geometry of the floor," Bailey writes. "He commands double-teams 35 feet from the rim, allowing his teammates to play 4-on-3 on countless possessions over the years."

"This is the evolution of Nash: a prolific shooter who's unleashed to launch as many threes as he can. Along with Michael Jordan, Dirk Nowitzki and a handful of others, Curry is among those exceptionally rare players who truly changed basketball."

"Changed. Basketball."

Couldn't have said it better ourselves.

Across his 10-year career, Steph averages 23.5 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.

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His list of accomplishments include six All-Star selections, two MVP honors and a few NBA championship rings thrown in there. 

Curry may not be dubbed the G.O.A.T in this scenario, but top 10 ain't bad. Who knows how high he'll get on the list when all is said and done.

Steve Nash shares why he believes Kevin Durant left Warriors for Nets

Steve Nash shares why he believes Kevin Durant left Warriors for Nets

After seven seasons competing against Kevin Durant in the NBA, Steve Nash formed a close relationship with the superstar forward during KD's three years with the Warriors. 

The Warriors hired Nash, a Hall of Fame point guard and two-time NBA MVP, as a player development consultant prior to the 2015-16 season. The next season, Durant was a Warrior. 

But the star forward's legendary run with the Warriors came to an end this past offseason. Nash says if you told him in 2016 that Durant would only be a Warrior for three years, he would be a bit surprised -- but far from shocked. 

"I think I would have thought he would have had such a great experience there that he wouldn't want to leave," Nash said on the most recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast. "That would be the surprise." 

Nash worked closely with Durant in Golden State. The two often were seen working one-on-one when Nash popped in at the Warriors' practice facility. The two kings of their craft grew on a personal level, too. 

As for why he thinks Durant left, Nash turned to some of the same reasons KD fled the Thunder for the Warriors in free agency in the first place -- he wanted another challenge. 

"Kevin's a thoughtful -- I don't want to say complicated -- sophisticated,  he's continually pushing himself and searching for whatever it is that's out there that's going to fulfill him and excite him," Nash said. "I think maybe that part of it was underestimated that he would leave in three years, because that's what led him there in the first place.

"He wanted something higher, bigger [when he left OKC for the Warriors]. He wanted to experience something different where he would be pushed in new ways, and it's kind of the same thing that's happening now." 

Plenty of speculation has come up regarding Durant's relationship with Warriors star point guard Steph Curry, despite the two always getting along during their three years as teammates. Some people believe KD had an issue with the Warriors always being viewed as "Steph's team" in the eyes of Dubs fans, no matter how great KD played.

Nash believes Durant having his "own" team is far from all he seeks. 

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"I think that plays a role [in him leaving], but I don't think it's everything for Kevin," Nash said. "I think it's probably overplayed by the media. I think in some ways, Kevin just wanted a change. ... I think him constantly seeking a new challenge and new opportunity and new experience, there's a lot of layers to him.

"I think he loves to explore." 

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 ...