Stephen Curry.
Stephen Curry.

I would never say that any other basketball player on this planet has more all around skill than LeBron James. BUT…… Listen, there’s a certain level of greatness that you must recognize from time to time. Even when the number 1 spot has been claimed to LeBron for the longest. With the fantastic level of play Stephen showed in last year’s NBA Finals, the world got to see just how great he was in abundance. Against the world’s best player in LeBron James, Steph averaged 26 ppg on 44% shooting. Displaying wild crossovers and clutch shooting all series long.

Now as the superstar point guard accepted his NBA Championship ring last Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, the kid poured in 40 points to start the season! Last night on Halloween, Steph ran into the Pelicans again on the road this time and scored 53! It’s not even so much of the point totals that’s getting me riled up about him, it’s how easy the game is coming to him. Throwing no look passes and dribbling through 3 defenders all at once. Not to compare his game to the great Michael Jordan, but what I do see is the comparison of comfortability when they both play the game. It comes easy to Steph as it did to MJ.

Stephen Curry for Charlotte Christian (In high school).
Stephen Curry for Charlotte Christian (In high school).

What’s amazing is that if you knew what the prototypical NBA player looked like in high school, you would’ve never guessed this guy would’ve even made it to college but he did. Hailing from Charlotte Christian high school in my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. And that’s what I would like to hit home here at Play For Keeps once we open our sports academy. No matter how you start with your abilities, our job is to work with what you have and get you to the next level. Steph is an amazing example of hardwork and repitition. You can get to wherever you want to go in any sport with enough practice!

Witness Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors play their next game tomorrow night on NBA TV against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Credits: Charlotte Observer (For the photo), AP Sports (for the video), and ESPN.com (For statistics).

-Terrence Whaley