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"It's the one where he arrived as 'Chef Curry' when he really started cooking and it got on the national scene on the biggest stage" - NBA Analyst says 2015 title is Steph Curry's best

Curry in action in the 2022 NBA Finals - Game Five
Curry in action in the 2022 NBA Finals - Game Five

Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is on the verge of winning his fourth championship on Thursday. Game 6 against the Boston Celtics presents a chance for the Warriors to wrap up the championship as they currently lead the series 3-2.

However, on ESPN's morning show First Take, former NBA player Jay Williams believes that this will not be the most impressive championship of Curry's career. Williams feels that Curry's first championship in 2015 against the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers is his most impressive to date. Williams said:

"The first one to me feels like it's the one that he'll cherish the most because it's the one where he arrived as Chef Curry when he really started cooking and it got on the national scene in the biggest stage."

Jay Williams continued:

"The reason why I go back to that is because they were on the verge of revolutionising basketball in the NBA. The whole narrative before that time was you can't win with small ball, you can't win with just shooting 3s.
"And my thing is, we're never even having this conversation about Steph Curry entering the top-10 greatest of all time unless he wins that first championship because if he wins only two championships with Kevin Durant then people are using that to diminish his greatness to begin with."

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What's on the line for Steph Curry in the NBA Finals?

Action from the 2022 NBA Finals - Game Five
Action from the 2022 NBA Finals - Game Five

There has been constant talk about how much Curry's legacy would be impacted if he wins another ring without Kevin Durant. Curry is also in line to bag his first Finals MVP award.

Should Steph Curry win the championship and Finals MVP trophy, it would, without question, elevate his legacy. It would also put him in contention to be among the top-10 players of all time.

The lack of a Finals MVP trophy has often been used against Steph Curry. Andre Iguodala won the Finals MVP award in 2015 for the defense he played on LeBron James. Durant won two Finals MVP awards in 2017 and 2018.

Steph Curry was the first unanimous MVP in the history of the league and has revolutionized the game with his marksmanship. Finals MVP is the only thing missing from Curry's glittering resume. Adding that would be the icing on the cake for him.

Stephen Curry’s stats through 5 Finals games:30.6 PTS5.6 REB4.6 AST1.8 STL47-42-83 shooting splitsThis is special.

He has cemented himself as the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA. He is also in the debate with Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas to be the greatest point guard of all time.

Poll : Will this be the most impressive championship win of Curry's career?

Yes

No, that would be 2015.

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Edited by Arnav Kholkar
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