Shaquille O’Neal believes Stephen Curry must be in NBA GOAT conversation following Warriors win over Celtics

Stephen Curry has consistently remained at the top as an elite player in the league for over a decade and is still counting. Spearheading all recent achievements recorded by the Golden State Warriors. He remains evergreen in the current NBA season. Dishing out his trademark shooting skill which has distinguished him from others

Stephen Curry’s recent court display has prompted legend Shaquille O’Neal to put him in the years-long GOAT conversation that has consistently featured two names, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. While there’s no one presently officially acknowledged as the greatest of all time.

Shaquille O’Neal feels Stephen Curry deserves to be in NBA GOAT conversation

On Tuesday, Stephen Curry faced foul trouble, scoring only 13 points in the first three quarters. However, he turned the tide in the fourth quarter and overtime, contributing 20 points to secure a 132-126 victory for the Warriors. They overcame a 17-point deficit late in the third quarter. Curry’s game-tying 3-pointer in regulation, a remarkable step-back over Al Horford, set the stage. In overtime, Curry sealed the win with a decisive Rainbow 3, while he finished the game with 33 points total. During the post-game discussion with Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, a staunch supporter of Curry’s place in NBA history, went a step further, claiming Curry is better than him and pondering if Curry belongs in the Greatest of All Time GOAT conversation. Shaquille O’Neal: “I’m wondering if it’s time to start putting [Stephen Curry] as the best player of all time.” Kenny Smith responded “You’d put him over you?” and Shaq happily replied  “Yes” Thoughts? “

Shaquille O’Neal recently claim that Stephen Curry must be in NBA GOAT debate amid Warriors win over Celtics last night.
Stephen Curry Via Getty

While it might be a stretch to label Curry as the GOAT, there’s merit in acknowledging his impact alongside basketball legends like Jordan, LeBron, Kareem, and Magic. Curry’s transformative influence on the game is undeniable, making him a unique and unparalleled talent. His prowess has made the Warriors NBA championship perennial contenders every season for the past 10 years. It is worth noting that Curry deserves a place in the greatest of all-time conversations.

Is Stephen Curry’s legacy enough to get into NBA GOAT conversation?

Stephen Curry has been mentioned in the GOAT conversation recently by many, including Shaquille O’Neal. This has ignited the interest of fans and enthusiasts to ask if Curry has done enough to put himself in the greatest of all-time debate, having spent his entire career so far with the Golden State Warriors and even single-handedly carrying them this season.

Stephen Curry has secured four championships while achieving two without a second All-NBA player alongside him. He boasts two MVPs, one of which is the sole unanimous MVP in history. Anticipation surrounds his impending 3-point record, set to reach unprecedented heights. His unique blend of shooting and ball-handling remains unparalleled and undoubtedly one of the best in NBA history.

Shaquille O’Neal recently claim that Stephen Curry must be in NBA GOAT debate amid Warriors win over Celtics last night.
Stephen Curry Via Getty

Despite critics highlighting Curry’s defense and acknowledging his underrated defensive skills, many who are not Curry’s fans would attest to the fact that Curry played a major role in revolutionizing the old dogma style of play, giving room to skillful players with his body size to thrive in the game. A compelling case can be made that, in terms of overall on-court impact, Curry stands as the single greatest offensive player in history. As many would argue,.

If one contends that Curry is the greatest offensive player ever and considers his accolades, his inclusion in the broader conversation becomes inevitable. This doesn’t necessarily declare him the all-time greatest, but it places him firmly in that discussion. Regardless of anybody’s assessment, Curry’s presence in this conversation is undeniable.

Shariare Hasib

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Shariare Hasib is an NBA Editor at SportsKnot. With a master's degree in journalism from a prestigious university, Shariare started writing about the sport during his undergraduate years. Since then, he has been fascinated by LeBron James' lasting impact as well as Stephen Curry's incredible consistency. He specializes in live basketball coverage. Apart from reporting on trade speculations and match updates during off-season activities, Shariare frequently interacts with fan communities to stay abreast of the constantly evolving NBA scene.


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