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Grant Hill claims Stephen Curry is the first of his kind

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Everybody has been talking about Stephen Curry this year, and for very good reason.

Basketball's first ever unanimous MVP has blazed a trail over the past couple of years that a sport spoiled in legends had never dared to attempt.

Only Tom Brady in the NFL and Wayne Gretzky in the NHL can say they have won unanimous MVP awards in their respective American sports; arguably the greatest players of all-time in their fields.

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People have doubted Curry was the real deal, speculated he would fade and proclaimed he is the greatest player of his generation all in the space of the last six months.

Now, former Detroit Piston's superstar and seven-time All-Star, Grant Hill, has weighed in on the Golden State Warriors' majestic point guard.

"You look at Steph and the level of attention and hysteria that has surrounded him in the last two years, I really don't know if there's anything that comes close to it," Hill said in a recent interview on USA TODAY Sports' NBA A to Z podcast.

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"Maybe the '90s Bulls with Michael Jordan. We've obviously had some great players in this league since Jordan's reign, but I don't know if there's been a player that has been as loved — universal — and has really kind of transcended the game.

Hill then made comparisons between some all-time greats before coming up short when linking someone to the back-to-back MVP.

"LeBron and Kobe, as great as they are, they've kind of followed the Michael Jordan playbook. Dirk Nowitzki, we've seen that before to a degree with Larry Bird. You can look at Shaq and Wilt Chamberlain.

"But we've never seen a guy dominate the way (Curry) has dominated. It's just an interesting time that this kid, he's not physically imposing, he has his baby face, but he's been able to be, hands down, the best player in the NBA for the last couple of years. It's really been refreshing and a joy to watch."

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Hill was a star NBA player for all intents and purposes, and he played against Michael Jordan in his prime, Kobe Bryant in his and many others. As a small forward, Hill can readily identify with the likes of LeBron, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, but it's the backcourt phenomenon that has captured his imagination.

His reasoning is spot on. Who has there been before Curry that can almost shoot from anywhere, has the slickest handles in the league, and yet, pays strict attention to his defensive duties?

Think of any sport: when was the last time you saw a player who was a totally brand new mould, borrowing traits you just don't see meshed together?

Curry will be hoping to add to his legacy in the coming weeks by lifting the Larry O'Brien trophy for the second consecutive year. The Warriors will meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.

Topics:
NBA
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Kobe Bryant
LA Lakers

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