Here we go again. Kendrick Perkins said the thing.
We can't even go a holiday weekend where sports aren't being played without the former NBA veteran riling up Warriors fans. Perkins' latest claim is that James Harden is a better all-around player than Steph Curry.
"When I'm looking at all-around and the all-around player, the skill set and who brings more to the table, it's James Harden," Perkins said Monday on ESPN's "First Take."
Kendrick Perkins says James Harden is a better player than Stephen Curry— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) May 25, 2020
“As soon as he stepped foot into the Rockets’ franchise, he made that franchise relevant again.”
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Perkins defended himself on Twitter, too, saying the only thing Curry does better than Harden is shoot.
Again the only thing Steph does better than James is shoot the Basketball. James Harden is the better All Around Player. That’s facts.— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 25, 2020
This comes after "First Take" unveiled its top 15 players in the NBA right now. The Warriors superstar came in at No. 5, while Harden was No. 6. Perkins wasn't having it, but the fans have spoken: Curry is beating Harden by a landslide in a Twitter poll that asked who the better player is.
Who is the better player?— First Take (@FirstTake) May 25, 2020
"As soon as [Harden] stepped foot into the Rockets franchise, he made that franchise relevant again," Perkins said. "He's a better all-around player than Steph Curry."
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Can't the same logic be said for Curry?
From 2009, the year the Warriors drafted Curry, through last season, Golden State won 505 regular-season games. The Warriors averaged 50.5 regular-season wins over that span, broke the regular-season wins record, went to the playoffs in seven straight seasons, made five straight NBA Finals and won three titles. Prior to that decade of dominance, the Warriors averaged 31.9 regular-season wins from 1999 through the 2008-09 season and made the playoffs once.
Individually, Curry has won two MVP awards and was the first unanimous MVP in NBA history for his 2015-16 season.
Harden clearly took Houston to new heights after the Oklahoma City Thunder traded him to the Rockets in October 2012. He also has been knocked out of the playoffs by Curry and the Warriors four times.
While Steph can wiggle three championship rings, Harden only can turn to spreadsheets and excuses as he still searches for his first championship.
This debate isn't going anywhere, and unfortunately for us all, neither are Perkins' takes. Take a deep breath, there are bigger issues to be mad at right now.