Yes, I’ve seen all 52 of Stephen Curry’s three-pointers. If you want to sell more tickets or witness more “how’d he do that” moments, then Golden State’s point guard is your guy. He’s playing the best basketball of his career, and is on a shooting streak unmatched in NBA history. But even with all of the off-balance three-pointers, the contested 30-footers and the scoop shots that would go in on a 12-foot basket, LeBron James remains the most unstoppable force in the NBA.
Leading his Cavaliers to a 7-1 start, all LeBron has done is post a stat line of 25.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.6 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field. Of course, LeBron is doing all of this with a bad back and zero help from any teammate not named Kevin Love.
This is where James and Stephen Curry differ.
For as incredible as Curry has been, he does not have the ability to automatically make any team a playoff contender. LeBron still impacts the game in ways that a 6’3″, 185-pound Curry simply cannot. It’s not a knock on the Davidson alum, but rather a testament to the greatness of LeBron.
James is one of two players (Kawhi Leonard being the other) who can guard anyone in the league and shut them down. At 30 years-old, he still has unparalleled athleticism, a dominant offensive game and the ability to make everyone around him better.
Leading the Cavs to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, LeBron isn’t even been playing his best basketball yet. When Kyrie Irving returns, having another playmaker on the court should result in easier looks and will help boost his field goal percentage. In addition, his 20.7 percent clip from three-point range and 61.0 percent average from the free throw line will surely move closer to his career averages of 34.4 and 74.4 percent as the season continues.
All of this spells bad news for the rest of the NBA, as Cleveland already looks to be a lock to return to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season. With a fully healthy team and revenge on their minds, LeBron would relish the opportunity to show Curry who the best player in the world really is.
Sorry NBA fans, but ‘King James’ is still the King, and that won’t be changing any time soon.
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