Stephen Curry vs. LeBron James: Has the “Chef” surpassed the “King’s” NBA legacy?

Not since Larry Bird and Magic Johnson had a unique rivalry in the 1980s as they led the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers to multiple Finals have we had something similar in the NBA until today, where Stephen Curry and LeBron James have filled the headlines as the two most dominant players of our era.

Warriors coach Kerr relates Steph Curry to Roger FedererAP

The “King” came to the NBA in the 2003 Draft, while the “Chef” did it in the 2009 Draft, although there are six years of difference, James has had in Curry the person who has prevented him from extending his dominance in basketball, and after the victory of the Golden State Warriors against the Boston Celtics in the 2022 Finals, both players have the same Larry O’Brien Trophies.

Curry and James, four championships each

Curry reached four NBA championships in his career (2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022), all won with his only team in his career, the Golden State Warriors, while James has the same four (2012, 2013, 2016 and 2020), however, he has done it with three franchises, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.

While it is true that, in general, LeBron has been a more complete player and that, in the opinion of the absolute majority he is a more complete player, in the personal duel, Curry has surpassed the “King”, because they have faced each other in four NBA Finals, all consecutively, and the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in three of them.

The leader in three-pointers vs. the next leader in points

The “Chef” is already the all-time leading three-point shooter and it will only be a while before the “King” becomes the highest point scorer in history, they are two wonderful players, no doubt, but, at least for today the spotlight is on Stephen Curry’s face and not on LeBron James’, once again.