Heading into the 2022 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Boston Celtics, superstar Steph Curry has three NBA championships to his name, coming in 2015, '17 and '18.
On Tuesday's episode of ESPN's "First Take," analyst Stephen A. Smith predicted where Curry will finish in terms of championships compared to an old rival.
"I believe Steph Curry will eclipse LeBron James and capture five championships in his career while LeBron is still stuck on four," Smith said to fellow analysts J.J. Redick and Kendrick Perkins.
James, of course, stole one championship from Curry and the Warriors in 2016 when his Cleveland Cavaliers fought back from a three-games-to-one deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals. He also won two rings with the Miami Heat (2012, '13) and one with the Los Angeles Lakers (2020).
Five rings would not only surpass James, but it would also land Curry in the company of NBA greats like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan as well as his coach Steve Kerr, who won five championships across a 15-year playing career.
Smith is picking the Warriors to take down the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals, but he doesn't think the dynasty will stop there.
"I’m looking at the Golden State Warriors being at least eight [players] deep," he said. "… And I’m willing to say the Golden State Warriors are winning two of the next three titles."
When explaining why, Smith named Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as the main contributors but also claimed he thinks highly of the future of Golden State's franchise.
"I’m also thinking about Jordan Poole," Smith said. "I’m thinking about Kuminga. Yes, I’m going to bring up James Wiseman. Yes, I understand he’s been out all season long. But the brother’s a 7-footer with skills and I think once you insert him into the equation when Kevon Looney’s still there, when Draymond’s still there, I like their chances. I like Moses Moody. I like what I’ve seen from him."
Two of the next three championships? Dub Nation would certainly take that.