5 Reasons Why Stephen Curry Is the New King of the NBA

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Is Stephen Curry the NBA's Best Player?

Is Stephen Curry the NBA's Best Player?
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SPORTS

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is living up to expectations despite his team’s early slump. He had one of the best years by a Warrior ever last season, and he continues to catch the attention of basketball fans world-wide every game.

Curry is probably the player with the fastest-rising popularity in the league. Everywhere you look now Curry is around, his exposure is consistently on the rise. At this rate, Curry is the next King of the NBA.

Curry is the most marketable Warrior in the franchise’s existence, a team which rests in one of the top markets in the country. Golden State has plans to move to a new arena on the San Francisco waterfront.The franchise, like Curry, is skyrocketing in popularity.

Warriors fans absolutely adore Curry. Thursday night’s game against San Antonio Spurs is the 50th-consecutive sellout at Oracle Arena. Look around at any of those games and every jersey you see dons Curry’s name. He is by far the most popular basketball player in the Bay Area and he deserves to have more national recognition.

The way Curry plays on the court is another example of why Curry is the NBA’s best. He is incredibly entertaining to watch play the game, and he does it with such enjoyment. He looks happy to be playing the game and he’s exactly the type of player the league wants to use to market its brand.

Curry’s skill and likability make him one of the NBA’s most trendy players. It’s already starting to happen, but should the Warriors go far into the postseason, Curry will have a serious case for King of the NBA.

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5. Popularity

5. Popularity
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Fans of the NBA have noticed by now that Stephen Curry’s face is popping up on numerous ad campaigns throughout the league. He appears anywhere from the NBA Christmas Day “Jingle Bells” advertisement, to children’s Capri Sun juice bags. His jersey is the the sixth-most sold in the league. Any time a Golden State Warrior appears that high on jersey sales lists, you have to admit that player is rapidly rising in popularity. He’s a likable person with a friendly face, which could one day become the face of the NBA.

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4. Ball Handling

4. Ball Handling
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Ever watch Stephen Curry try to shake a defender with his ball-handling skills? It’s not only remarkable but it’s downright entertaining. His small stature allows him to dip and weave between defenders while dribbling the basketball. He uses this elusiveness either to create his own shot or to find open teammates. Every player on the court benefits from Curry’s ability to control the basketball.

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3. Scoring Ability

3. Scoring Ability
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Stephen Curry loves to score the basketball, and there may not be a better scorer in the league. Is there anything the average NBA fan enjoys more than a player that scores the basketball at will? He currently ranks sixth in the NBA with 24.3 points per game, which should rise as the Warriors fight back into playoff contention. Also, because he stands at just 6-foot-3, he converts epic floaters in the lane that leave opposing big men wondering how he got the shot off. Watching Curry score is something any basketball fan needs to behold.

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2. He's Clutch

2. He's Clutch
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SPORTS

Stephen Curry has been the Warriors' most valuable player all season long, but he’s been integral in winning two games specifically. The first, a 27-point comeback victory over the Toronto Raptors. Curry scored 12 points in the final quarter, including two three-point baskets, leading Golden State to the biggest comeback win in franchise history. Less than a few weeks later, Curry hit a game-winning shot with less than a second left on the clock against the Dallas Mavericks. The shot was heavily contested by Shawn Marion, but it didn’t matter. Curry is just that clutch.

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1. Purest Shooter in NBA

1. Purest Shooter in NBA
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There really isn’t anything more enjoyably or delightful to watch in the NBA than Stephen Curry releasing the basketball for a shot. He’s not captain of the “Splash Brothers” for nothing. Witnessing Curry shoot the basketball is something every basketball fan should accomplish. Every time he tickles the twine, some 18,000 fans at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. go crazy. Curry’s jump shot is purely art in motion.

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