Stephen Curry had a magical 2022-23 NBA season, leading the Golden State Warriors to a new championship after a season of ups and downs. The talented point guard played great early on and even became an MVP nominee until his shooting slump showed.
Luckily, Curry picked things up and rebounded, leading the Golden State Warriors to their sixth NBA Finals in eight years and winning his fourth championship in the process.
Reigning NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry is not a top 3 player on ESPN’s Top 100 list
ESPN released the bottom five spots of its top 100 players list for the 2022-23 season, placing Giannis Antetokounmpo at the top of all, followed by consecutive MVPs Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid and Stephen Curry. Curry’s position raised many eyebrows in the league, with fans calling out the pundits on that decision.
Still, there’s nothing they can do to change that decision. ESPN explained that decision, recalling everything that happened to Curry last year.
Curry finally received the Finals MVP award he had craved since his first title in 2015, cementing his legacy as a top 10 player of all time. However, this doesn’t seem to be enough for some people who keep overlooking it in rankings.
If a Finals MVP was the piece of hardware missing from Curry’s argument as one of the all-time greats, that’s settled now as Steph led the Warriors to their fourth title in six years en route to earning the elusive honor. Sources told ESPN that heading into training camp, Curry looks on form and is primed to pick up where he left off.
Why his ranking remained unchanged
Curry is in the same position as at the start of last season. After averaging 25.5 points per game on 43.7% shooting, Curry was by no means a subpar season – he was an early contender for MVP – but an ankle injury kept him off the bottom in the final month of the regular season. In his absence, his teammates stepped up and kept the Warriors afloat to secure the West No. 3. Maybe that’s why – along with the rise of the MVP contenders below – he’s in the same spot on our leaderboard.
Curry is always trying to find reasons to get better and that disrespect doesn’t go unnoticed by him. Be ready for another appearance from the self-proclaimed “little king” next season after he was ranked lower than two players he dominated and three others who failed to reach the ranks he achieved in the 2022 NBA playoffs .