You see, here's the thing: When it comes to Stephen Curry, there is no such thing as a bad shot, a contested 30 ft 3 as like a contested free throw line jumpshot for him. And so what if it's his 7th year in the league, isn't that natural improvement as well, what's unusual about it? Last year, he was the MVP. The year before he was in his first All-Star game. The year before THAT, he broke the 3 point single season record (for the first time) and the Warriors finally made the playoffs their first year with him on the roster. He was an all-star calibur player throughout those first few years from 2012 to 2014. Then last year he elevated to superstar, and this year he elevated to Best Player in the World.
You think this kind of success just happens overnight? No, it doesn't,
Curry busted his ass off for years and years, working on his game, and his jumpshot, to get to the level he is at right now. And it's not like he's this 6'7"-6'9" athletic freak of nature that can fly through the air and dunk or shoot over the top of people like LeBron or Durant. Being 6'3" and 190 pounds, and can barely reach the rim, he doesn't have the athletic or physical advantage that those guys do, so he had to do it the hard way, which was work, work, and work on your game night in and night out, nonstop until you get to that level. Make no mistake about it, his game is 100% fundamentals. THE LITTLE FUNDAMENTAL
And he was ALWAYS doubted. "Oh, he's too small." "Oh, he's just a 3-point shooter." "Oh, he'll never be a superstar." "Oh, he's not an MVP type player." Time and time again he was looked over and shoved aside, even when he was coming out of high school, Davidson was the only college that really wanted him, all of the big schools passed on him. What did he do with Davidson? Took them to the Elite 8. He has continously proven the doubters and critics wrong over and over again, he is truly an underdog, which makes his rise to the top of the basketball mountain and the run he is having that much more amazing to watch and experience!
Not his fault he wasn't labeled as a "Chosen One" straight from the draft combine like LeBron or Durant were. I remember the weeks heading into that draft, and heading into it the fans, the media, and the reporters couldn't shut up about Blake Griffin.
Plus, he had to deal with nagging ankle injuries early on in his career which halted his development.
As for Wade and Dirk.
Wade was one of the 3 best players in the world alongside Kobe and LeBron from 2008-2011, top 10 player in the league from 2006-2013, and don't forget about how he single-handingly put the Heat on his back in 2006 and led them to the promise land. It's just that age and taking a back seat to LeBron in Miami for a long time have diminished his skills to wear he's not at that level anymore.
And Dirk has ALWAYS been that great of a player. He was the MVP in 2007 and the Mavericks went to the Finals the year before!!! And that title run in 2011 was the absolute peak of his career. During that brief run, he was the best player on the planet. Nobody could stop him.
Even now, at 37 years old he's averaging 18 points on 45-39-89 percentages. That wasn't a one time thing for Dirk in 2011, he's been doing that his entire career, the dude just cracked 29,000 points for crying out loud!!
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