- Jun 22, 2001
LBJ hasn't had a single year that beats Curry's best in his entire career. Compare apples to apples, it's a strawman to compare LBJ's longer career/prime than Steph's 2 year prime.1. LeBron James has multiple seasons where his regular season PER is better than Curry's career best.
So what if Curry had a better regular season this year during the regular season--James was a much better player from Game 1 of the regular season to Game 7 of the NBA finals.
My Proof: 99% of fans would, for the 2015-2016 season, trade Curry straight up for James. James on the GSW wins a title. Curry on the Cavs gets crushed.
2. James, having been to the last 6 NBA finals and on the other side of 30, knew the goal was an NBA ring, not a regular season record. That means saving some in the tank.
Specifically, James plays a lot in the paint and attacks/defends the rim. That takes more energy than Curry floating insane shots from well beyond the arc. The result is when Cleveland has leads safe in hand James isn't going to risk injury or energy quite as indiscriminately. Curry's style of play is more conducive to padding.
Example: James' dunk attempt on Green at the end of game 7. If this is a regular season game James may not have been as reckless and instead opted for a safer play that didn't carry as much risk and require as much energy while getting the same result (game 7: James wisely forced Green to foul or allow James to effectively end the game uncontested). After 6 consecutive seasons of playing all the way through the finals James does need to be diplomatic about his regular season decisions.
3. James is expected to play both sides of the court at a higher level than Curry and James regularly works against the opponents best player 1-4 and sometimes 5.
4. Curry simply had a better regular season than James did this year--but over a 6 year sample, including playoffs, James PER crushes Curry's.
So LBJ attacks the rim in the paint more? Then why did Steph crush him in finishing in the paint and why wasn't LBJ #1 in the NBA in finishing in the paint (not Steph)? I'll give you defense, but Steph is the ultimate offensive weapon. Hence why he's the first PG to consistently draw double teams since Magic. Curry is still getting better, his ceiling when healthy will soon be crushing (and not just beating) LBJ's prime years to prime years.