Shaquille O’Neal Reveals Why Steph Curry is His Favorite NBA Player in the Current Era

Published 02/10/2021, 2:28 AM EST
Jan 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a three point basket by forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Shaquille O’Neal isn’t an alien to controversies. From criticizing players like Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell to making bold claims about himself, Shaq has done it all. Recently he has been at the center of the players versus pundits debate going on in the NBA.

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While he has been pretty vocal in his criticisms, in a recent appearance at TNT, Shaq was all praises for Golden State Warriors’ talisman Steph Curry. In

He said, “I like him because it’s something that I haven’t seen before”

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Shaq in fact explained why Steph is his favorite player in the NBA.“A lot of times when I try to compare the new era and the old era people say I’m hating. … I’ve never seen anything like Steph, and that’s why he’s my favorite player.”

That’s some high praise from Shaq, considering the plethora of talented players in the league. Curry over the years has proven to be one of the finest shooters in the league.

In the absence of Klay Thompson, Curry has been the main offensive outlet for the team. In the 21 games he has played he is averaging an insane 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.

The Warriors will hope Curry can carry on this fantastic run of form and lead them to the playoffs.

Can Steph Curry win his third MVP trophy?

The Golden State Warriors have had a mixed start till now. With a .520 record, the Dubs have been overly reliant on Steph for their offensive output. Fortunately for them, the 32-year-old has embraced the challenge so far.

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He is the league’s second highest scorer but still isn’t being mentioned in the MVP conversation as much as his peers. This is because of the Warriors’ regular season record.

Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

But if teammates, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins, can step up and help the Warriors keep a winning record, he might become one of the front-runners for the MVP this season.

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Steph Curry is out here to prove his doubters wrong. He is surely capable of winning the MVP trophy this season.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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