The Golden State Warriors and their star forward Andrew Wiggins have been compared to Hall of Famers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem Davis, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
The players are all still at their peak, but with a different skill set.
Curry is a five-time All-Star, Wiggins is a three-time NBA MVP and Durant is the best scorer in the league.
And if you’re looking for the top players in their respective eras, the answer is Durant, who is on pace for a career-best 35-plus double-doubles.
ESPN Stats & Info’s Basketball Power Index has Curry as the No. 2 scorer and Wiggins as the Nos.
1 and 2.
But for the purposes of this article, we’re looking at three players who have played their best basketball in different eras: Durant in the 2000s, Wiggins in the early part of this decade and Curry in the mid-2000s.
Durant has always been the MVP candidate, but he was in his prime as a star player in the 1980s and 1990s.
In the decade prior to Durant’s peak, the Spurs were one of the most dominant teams in the game, and the league had become the envy of the world.
Now, though, they’re a perennial contender, winning three titles in five years, and they have arguably the most exciting player in basketball, the reigning MVP, in Durant.
In our rankings, we’ve taken into account the fact that they were a bit older than the players on this list.
Durant averaged 28.9 points and 12.3 rebounds as a rookie and 26.1 points and 11.2 rebounds in his second season.
He’s averaging 25.1 and 11 rebounds in 2019-20, and 28.7 and 12 in 2020-21.
Wiggins averaged 25.6 points and 14.8 rebounds as the starting point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2014-16.
He averaged 21.1 in 2019, 21.7 in 2020 and 21.8 in 2021.
Both players are still productive players, but we have no way of knowing whether they’ll be able to match their scoring totals in the coming years.
Durant and Wiggins are on pace to win an NBA record 34 championships, but if you look at their age and their current level of play, the chances of that happening are slim.
Curry and Wiggins both play at a higher level than Durant and have been for quite some time, but it’s important to remember that both of them are also very good at one thing: shooting.
They have averaged an astounding 39.8 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting this season.
They’re also shooting well from beyond the arc.
Curry has made an incredible number of 3s and is one of just five players in NBA history to make at least 300 3s in a season, while Wiggins is the only other player to have made at least 450 3s.
Curry, who has shot over 44 percent from beyond a 3-point line for the third straight season, is averaging an astounding 32.4 points per contest on 40.7 percent shooting.
The Warriors are averaging 105.5 points per 100 possessions with Curry on the court, the third-best mark in the entire league behind the Lakers (115.4) and Spurs (115) and ahead of only the Rockets (104.6) and Warriors (103.9).
Curry is shooting 45.5 from 3-Point Land, the fifth-best percentage in the past six seasons, while the Wolves are shooting just 39.3.
The best shot-maker in the West is also shooting 40.5 per game, the fourth-best rate in the last six seasons.
The fact that the Warriors are so efficient from deep is one thing, but the fact they’ve done it with a healthy dose of talent around them makes this their best team since the 2009-10 season.
Curry’s ability to make threes at a high level is one reason the Warriors have won four of their past five titles.
The other is his ability to score from the perimeter.
He has shot 46.5 percentage from deep in the playoffs, the best mark in franchise history.
Curry averages 15.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game this season, the sixth-highest total in the Western Conference.
The two-time MVP also leads the league in steals, which is a very important stat because it can affect the outcome of a game.
When Curry is on the floor, the Warriors make more threes per game than any other team in the top 10.
He is shooting 51.5 threes a game, second in the League behind only the Spurs (54.6).
Curry has had three straight 20-point games, tying him for the fourth longest streak in the history of the NBA.
His 28 points on 10