Former NBA player and current EuroLeague star Mike James has left out Stephen Curry from his list of top-5 player, saying the Golden State Warriors' superstar plays "one-dimensional basketball at times." James, who spent some time with the Brooklyn Nets last year, put Kevin Durant at the top spot, before naming LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic.
“Well, one I’m biased, so Kev. Two. This is kind of where we had an argument [with Durant] right here,” James said on We Are Not The Same, per TalkBasket. “I’m not going to say any numbers other than this.
In my Top 5 I got Kev, Bron, Embiid, Giannis. And then I gotta think. It get tough if I do that. Between Luka, Steph, Jokic. It’s a little rough for me around that area. Luka’s nice, man. A lot of still. Just a lot of everything.
We’re lucky he’s not athletic. I’m probably going to say Luka. I feel like Jokic and Steph are just a little bit below those other five. But obviously they’re still amazing."
James: Those five can do it all, Curry is one-dimensional at times
Curry is a four-time NBA champion and considered as the greatest shooter in basketball history.
However, James feels there are at least five players who can do more than Curry. “Steph’s like how he plays and how he gets stuff off it’s just kind of one dimensional at times if that makes sense. He’s not the primary ball handler a lot and for a point guard that kind of bothers me.
But he does score off the dribbles. He’s a superstar," James continued. “When you’re picking your top five, you’re kind of just picking that, you’re drawing the straws at this point. You’re just kind of nitpicking.
I think those other five can do whatever they want to do on any team in the world right now. If we put Luka, Embiid, KD and Giannis on any team in the world, they gonna beat whoever they gonna be who they are right there as soon as you put them in there.
I just don’t know about that for Steph. I think it’s a little murky. He’s still gonna kill, he’s still gonna be stiff, but I just don’t think he maximizes himself at that team”. This past season, Curry led the Warriors to the championships and was named the NBA Finals MVP.