Stephen Curry to Surpass LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal, Tie Kobe Bryant Next Year With NBA Glory, Claims Renowned Analyst

Published 06/18/2022, 10:00 AM EDT
Dec 13, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 on Thursday to seal the franchise’s 7th NBA championship. It was their fourth in the last eight years. Only Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala have been a part of these 4 titles. By doing so, they joined an exclusive list of NBA stars who have won four rings in their careers such as LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal.

Winning another one will not only push them above James and Shaq, but they will join an even more exclusive list of NBA legends with five rings. A well-renowned analyst in Stephen A.Smith certainly thinks that will be the case next year.

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Stephen Curry joins an elite list of legends

Only a handful of players can claim that they have won 4 titles in their careers. Among active players, only LeBron James has won 4 rings along with the above-mentioned Warriors quartet. Curry boosted his legacy by winning the Finals MVP for the first time. Now, there should be no doubt about his place among the highest echelons of basketball greats.

Apr 24, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

While being on the list of superstars with 4 rings is a great achievement, there is no reason why Curry and the Warriors cannot go for more. He doesn’t seem to be slowing down and with the young core of the team improving, they should be considered favorites to repeat next year. The Warriors have proved their championship pedigree for a long time now.

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While next season is still months away, fans and analysts both have been discussing what the scenery will be like in June, next year. Renowned analyst Stephen A. Smith is confident about the Warriors repeating next year. Smith made his comments on the ‘First Take‘ program.

Warriors are favorites to win

Smith favors the Warriors to go all the way next season as well. “I got the Warriors repeating!”, he exclaimed. “They are winning the NBA championship again next year! This time next year, Steph Curry will surpass LeBron James, and he will have five chips. He will tie Kobe Bryant. He will surpass Shaquille O’Neal“.

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While it will take a lot of effort to go all the way again next year, the Warriors are well accustomed to it. Curry can certainly catch up with NBA legends such as Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. It will be another feather on the cap of an already legendary career.

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Pragya Vashisth

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Pragya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed Masters in Sports Management from the International Institute of Sports Management, Mumbai, he has been a passionate fan of the NBA since 2010. Pragya is a massive supporter of LeBron James and just wants to enjoy the twilight years of his Hall of Fame career.

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