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Steve Kerr hails Stephen Curry as a 'mini Tim Duncan'

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The Golden State Warriors produced a record-setting regular season campaign of 73-9 to cement their place as one of the greatest sides of the modern era.

In fact, judging by that statistic, they could justifiably argue they're one of the greatest ever.

As part of the success, many individuals have garnered widespread praise from just about all-corners. Head coach Steve Kerr received the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday morning for his part in the success, after he led the Warriors to break the record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls side, of which he was a part of.

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The 50-year-old coach had a press conference on Tuesday afternoon where he decided to laud his Warriors roster in light of his individual accolade, much like Kevin Durant chose to do during his 2014 MVP award acceptance speech.

Most notably, Kerr hailed a man who many believe to be the greatest basketball player in the world today, Stephen Curry.

The reigning, and sure to be next MVP, produced career-high averages in points (30.1), steals (2.1) and rebounds (5.4) per game this term to take his game to the next level.

He broke multiple records en route to helping Golden State secure the top seed in a fiercely competitive west, and Kerr sees some traits of another NBA great in his point guard.

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"I've made the comparison before. I've referred to Steph as the 'mini Tim Duncan.' And I mean that with the utmost respect," Kerr explained. "Tim was one of my all-time favorite teammates. Just an incredible leader. Incredibly talented, and yet modest and humble. And that's a powerful force.

"When your best player and the MVP in the league is not only confident on the floor, but flat out arrogant, like 'I'm the greatest player on Earth.' And then at the same time, he's the most humble guy in the room and the most grounded and an incredible family man, an incredible leader ... That's a force. That is a powerful force."

To be likened to a well-respected veteran like Tim Duncan is a compliment for any player, whatever their standing. At 12 years Duncan's junior, Curry has some way to go to match the extraordinary 19-year legacy that the San Antonio Spurs man has built, which includes five NBA championships.

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Kerr went on to praise Curry's teammates, including Draymond Green and last year's Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala.

In reference to Green, Kerr said: "Draymond - don't ever change, if you're watching this. Keep yelling at me, I'm gonna keep yelling at you. It's the best. He provides the edge that this team needs. Without Draymond, we'd be in trouble. We would be too quiet, and too nice."

The Warriors face the Houston Rockets in game five of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night holding a 3-1 advantage.

Topics:
Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Andre Iguodala

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