The Golden State Warriors would’ve never won any of their four NBA championships if it wasn’t for Stephen Curry.
However, it took him quite a while to get the praise and respect he deserved.
Curry was obviously the best player on the floor in the Warriors’ first championship run, yet Andre Iguodala was named Finals MVP for his defense against LeBron James.
That was one of the most controversial decisions in recent NBA history, and that Finals MVP award has been a subject of debate for quite a while.
In his recent appearance on Gilbert Arenas’ Gil’s Arena, Iguodala finally came clean on the subject, stating that Steph deserved one before the one he got two years ago, and he wouldn’t mind if it was the one they gave him (via ClutchPoints).
"Steph [Curry] deserved 1 before the one he got… If it was mine, cool. I know the impact I had on the game. I don't need anybody to tell me that I did."
Andre Iguodala on winning the 2015 Finals MVP.
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) August 18, 2023
Iguodala states that he knew the impact he had on the game, so he didn’t need an award to show for that.
Truth be told, Curry could’ve been named Finals MVP in any of the first three championships he won, but Kevin Durant one-upped him in 2017 and 2018.
Not winning a Finals MVP trophy was the only knock his critics had on him before he took things into his own hands vs. the Boston Celtics two seasons ago, so what are they going to say now?
Stephen Curry is the most influential player in recent NBA history, a bonafide winner, and a guy who’s beaten every single guy in this league multiple times, and he was a first-ballot Hall of Famer even without that Finals MVP.NEXT: Andre Iguodala Defends Jordan Poole's Warriors Tenure