Steph Curry Omits LeBron James From His List of Top 5 NBA Players of All Time

Steph Curry Omits LeBron James From His List of Top 5 NBA Players of All Time

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at July 24, 2023 at 11:57 AM
  • Stephen Curry has named his top 5 NBA players of all time
  • He snubbed longtime rival LeBron James on this list, which included Hall of Famers
  • Curry and James have dominated the NBA for most of the last decade, winning eight titles between them

Golden State Warriors superstar, Stephen Curry has snubbed Los Angeles Lakers star, LeBron James while naming his top 5 NBA players of all time.

The four-time NBA champion named icons on his team. Every player he named is retired and has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan, LeBron James
Stephen Curry is considered a top 10 player of all time. Photos by Jeff Haynes, Ronald Martinez, and Garrett Ellwood/NBAE.
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The 35-year-old listed Magic Johnson to play as his point guard, Michael Jordan at shooting guard, Kobe Bryant at small forward, Tim Duncan at power forward, and Shaquille O’Neal at center, per SI.

That starting five are the best or second-best in their position. They have won a combined 25 NBA championships in their careers. All of them have also won at least one regular-season MVP award.

Some fans were not happy with Curry for omitting James in his all-time lineup. Many fans and pundits consider the Lakers veteran the first or second-best player of all time. James also considers himself the best player ever to touch a basketball.

LeBron passes Kareem

In February, James made history, moving past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer during the Lakers game vs. Oklahoma City Thunder.

James started the game needing 36 points to eclipse Abdul-Jabbar’s hallowed record. By the third quarter, Abdul-Jabbar's record was gone after he hit a jumper.

James now has 38,652 points in the NBA from 1,421 regular season games. Considering Abdul-Jabbar's record stood for nearly 40 years, James' record will be untouched for a while.

James lauds Curry

Sports Brief earlier reported on James showering Curry with praise before their showdown in Round 2 tipped off.

The two veterans have battled each other for many years, especially in the playoffs, and are probably still the faces of the league.

James said he has a lot of respect for Curry because he works hard and has achieved a lot on and off the court.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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