Warriors’ Steph Curry Predicts Lakers to Make the NBA Finals

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Getty LeBron James cast his MVP vote for Steph Curry.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors are both on the complete opposite ends of where they were last season. The Warriors were sitting atop the Western Conference on their way to another NBA Finals appearance while the Lakers had little prospects and ended the season in a downward spiral. Now, the roles are reversed as the Warriors have battled injuries all season and the Lakers look like one of the NBA’s elite.

The only team with a better record is the Milwaukee Bucks. Steph Curry was recently the All the Smoke podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson and he had a bold prediction for the Bucks and Lakers, as The Lakers Review detailed.

“If I was betting right now… maybe the Lakers and Milwaukee,” Curry said when asked who he had making the NBA Finals.

Considering the Lakers have to get through the Clippers, it’s a pretty big prediction by the two-time NBA MVP. Thanks to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers do look like strong contenders for the championship.

Curry Admits He Wanted to Get Drafted by the Knicks

Not only did Curry make a big prediction for the Lakers, but he also had a rather big admission.

“Thinking back, I wanted to go to New York [Knicks] and thought I was going to New York,” Curry said.

“At the draft–in the green room — like, ‘Oh, get to the eight spot and New York can get me.’

“And then I got the call from [former Warriors general manager] Larry Riley, like ‘We’re going to pick you in the seventh spot.’”

The course of NBA history would’ve been massively different if Curry had fallen to New York. He helped lead the Warriors to three NBA championships while the Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season and their last trip to the NBA Finals was 1998-99. New York selected Jordan Hill the pick after Curry was taken and while he put together a respectable NBA career, he had nowhere near the impact that Curry has.

The Knicks have been desperate about trying to turn the franchise around, but they just can’t seem to get it right. They tried adding Phil Jackson in the front office and had players like Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but they never materialized into a true contender. If they were able to get Curry, their fortunes may have changed significantly.

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Lakers Need to Overcome the Clippers

Now, Curry thinks the Lakers are getting to the NBA Finals, but they’re going to need to prove they can beat the Clippers first. Though the Lakers have a much better record to start the season, the Clippers clearly don’t care much about regular-season wins and aren’t working Kawhi Leonard very hard.

LeBron James’ squad has lost both matchups to the Clippers this season. With another game coming on Tuesday, the Lakers have a lot to prove. As of now, they are pretty healthy and both LeBron and Anthony Davis should play. They’re likely going to get everything the Clippers have to offer, so a win won’t come easily. Going down 0-3 to the Clippers would be a less-than-ideal outlook for the Lakers, to put it lightly.

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