Two-time MVP Steph Curry wasn't anywhere close to the MVP discussion this season despite putting up numbers close to his first MVP year. In the Western Conference finals, though, Curry seemed unstoppable - averaging 31.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the series.
According to Hall of Famer and six-time champion Scottie Pippen, Curry can't be considered one of the dominant players in this year's Finals.
Colin Cowherd reacted to Pippen's assessment of Curry's game on Thursday's episode of "The Herd".
Scottie Pippen: Curry isn't the best player on his own team
“He’s not the best player on either team. … Even though he’s a two-time MVP, a unanimous MVP, right now he’s not the best player on his team. And he’s not a dominant player.
"In terms of what LeBron and KD can do, those guys can dominate you in all areas of the game. Rebounding, to blocking shots, to defending, to scoring.They beat you all across the board.”
Players are jealous of Steph Curry's skill
“OK. First of all, No. 1 is Steph is not physically impressive. He looks like every star’s little brother, so he gets dogged. Players are really embedded in machismo.
"Blake Griffin [is] respected. What does Blake Griffin do well? Does he shoot well? No. For his size, does he rebound well? No. Defend well? No. Ball-handle well? No. Distribute well? No. Great teammate? Arguable.
"Steph Curry’s the best ball-handler in this league. He’s also the best shooter. Top 10 distributor. Top 10 steals. And gets along with everybody. That thing above the shoulders matters too.”
Athletes who don't fit the prototype are often underrated
“Russell Wilson also deals with this. Cam Newton? Beloved by players! Wins and losses? Check, Russell Wilson. Completion percentage? Check, Russell Wilson. Touchdown-interception ratio? Check, Russell Wilson. Passer rating? Check, Russell Wilson. Maturity? Check, Russell Wilson. Super Bowl wins? Check, Russell Wilson.
"But Cam is more popular. Players are into size and machismo and all the things that don’t really matter. Players think Marcus Mariota is better than Andrew Luck. Because Andrew Luck… neckbeard, ain’t cool.
"And Steph Curry is small. Players love Cam. Big guys, strong guys. What’s Blake Griffin do well besides jump? Steph Curry scores faster than anybody in the history of basketball. Let that soak in.
"Faster than MJ, faster than Wilt, faster than Bird. He scores faster than everybody that’s ever played the game.”
Curry has changed the entire league
“Players are just completely overwhelmed, swayed by machismo.
"The second thing is, let’s go back to trailblazers. When you’re new, you are initially mocked, hated, disliked. And then you’re copied. ... Like Moneyball, like Chip [Kelly’s Oregon offense] - mocked initially, duplicated soon after.
"Curry is a trailblazer. He has reduced centers and power forwards, most of them, to offensive liabilities. You can say whatever you want, Scottie Pippen, LeBron - love him as much as I do - doesn’t dominate you in rebounding. Michael Jordan didn’t dominate you there either, or in distributing.
"If you are the fastest scorer in league history, don’t listen to players. You are absolutely dominating.”