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Klay Thompson explains why Stephen Curry may be more identifiable to fans than LeBron James

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The basketball world is currently fixated on the grandest game of them all: the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors will defend the Larry O'Brien trophy against the very side they defeated for it last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Game one of the sure-to-be high-octane series takes place at the Oracle Arena on Thursday evening. At the climax of an 82-game regular season and three rounds of best-of-seven playoff games, both teams have worked extremely hard just to gain the opportunity to battle it out for the richest prize in the NBA.

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However, aside from the obvious contest for each side to cement their name in history as NBA champions, it seems that every conversation seems to revert back to the battle between Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

As the driving forces behind their respective franchises, it's only natural that the media would portray these finals as an outright duel between the two.

An ongoing narrative suggests that given his recent success, the 28-year-old Curry is gunning down King James for the tag of best player in the world, such is his new-found household name status.

2015 NBA Finals - Game Four

His Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, offered an explanation on Wednesday as to why his backcourt partner has gained so much momentum with the public in recent years and why the casual fan might identify with Curry over LeBron.

"I think it might be easier for the common fan to relate to Steph because it's hard to be 6'8", 260 [pounds] and have a 40-inch vert and be the fastest guy on the floor," Thompson said. "So, I mean, the casual fan might relate better to Steph because he doesn't have that athletic, just God-given ability. It's tough to say. It's just personal preference, honestly."

It's a very diplomatic rationale from Thompson, who racked up a playoff record 11 three-pointers in game six of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In fact, it's actually quite complimentary to James.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - Game Seven

The shooting guard also asserted that he doesn't believe the two superstars are competing for the label 'face of the NBA' because he doesn't believe there is ever just one face.

"I don't think there's just a face in the NBA," Thompson said. "I think there's faces because it's such a star-driven league, and players really make the league because there are so many great athletes."

Thompson has a point. If you take a look at the All-Star games that transpire every year, they are littered with the biggest stars in the league today. This year in Toronto had Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and many more who are all superstars in their own right.

While there may not be one face of the NBA, only one side can be crowned champions and this series is certain to be electric.

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