Six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen didn’t exactly mince his words when he offered his two cents on Warriors point guard Steph Curry. On ESPN’s The Jump Tuesday, Pippen thinks the two-time MVP is not the best player on either team in the NBA Finals. (At the 5:17 mark.)
“I think we also have to look at it now that he’s not the best player on either team,” Pippen said (h/t CBSSports.com’s Chris Barnewall). “Even though he’s a two-time MVP. Right now, he’s not the best player on his team. He’s not a dominant player. He’s a great player, and the things that he does on the basketball court force Cleveland to have to do things to get the ball out of his hands, but in terms of what LeBron [James] and [Kevin Durant] can do, those guys can dominate you in all areas of the game.”
Before we label Scottie a hater, how can you argue with him when you have LeBron James on one side and Kevin Durant beside Curry on the other? James is still arguably the best player on the planet and Durant is very capable of affecting the game in ways Curry can’t.
However, there is no question that for the Warriors to actually beat the Cavs, Curry must have a better Finals series than in 2015 and 2016. If not, the Cavs is more than happy to take advantage.