Steve Kerr Overlooks Wilt-Chamberlain to Anoint Steph Curry ‘Best Warrior of All-Time’

Published 02/03/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Jan 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) returns to defense after a three point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Steph Curry had a performance of the ages against the Boston Celtics, but it all went to waste as they lost the game 111-107 in the dying moments, courtesy of some clutch play by Jayson Tatum. However, it did not go unnoticed and drew some high praise from the head coach, Steve Kerr.

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It was an eventful night for Steph, as he achieved a significant milestone. He went for 38 points, which helped him enter the elusive 17,000 points club. Elusive not in terms of the NBA but in terms of the Warriors’ franchise history. He became just the second player, after Wilt Chamberlain, to cross that mark.

Steph Curry is now 2nd in career points in Warriors franchise history with 17,005 points.

Wilt Chamberlain is 1st with 17,783 points.#DubNation pic.twitter.com/bpeeKTbeZ6

— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) February 3, 2021

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Speaking in the aftermath of Curry’s wasted record-equalling heroics, Kerr had the highest praise for him. He said, “If you ask me he’s the best Warrior of all time… I just know we’re damn lucky to have him. He’s amazing.”

Does any other player make the case for the Warriors’ GOAT title?

Wilt Chamberlain makes the best case for the GOAT title if you consider the regular season. Arguably the most dominant player of all-time, he won the MVP title in 1960. In the 1961-62 season, he famously averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game, an NBA record to this day in both categories.

However, that could never translate into post-season success. And even though his jersey is hung from the rafters, Warriors’ fans might never adore him like they do Steph.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant (35) question a call to a referee during the first half agains the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The only other player who could make a case for himself is Kevin Durant. After he notoriously jumped ship from the OKC, he helped the Warriors to back-to-back NBA Championships.

Though he has was the best player on the team when he played together with Steph, he was still never the face of the franchise. In the eyes of the average GSW supporter, KD is even behind the likes of Chris Mullin and Klay Thompson.

Another Steph Curry special went to waste

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The team could not capitalize on the brilliance of their star point guard. His 38-11-8 on 7-14 three-point shooting, combined with 3 steals, could not help rescue them. The Warriors were +4 when Steph Curry was on the court and -8 when he was off it.

Jan 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts with center James Wiseman (33) in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors have to step up to the task now as a unit now, or they could risk missing the Playoffs yet again.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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