Way to cherry pick stats that correspond to the overall team quality. Of course you're going to have more win shares on a 73-win team. Of course Curry's advanced defensive metrics are going to be improved by his team's defense. Pretty much every statistic related to Hollinger's PER or derivative box scores are going to reflect better shooting percentages.

In crunch time, Kobe was defending the other team's best player, while Curry is hidden on the least offensive threat.

Oh, and you can stop telling me about your lists and ballots. Anyone can take a piece of paper, write down a list and then find the stats to justify their opinion.

But a good part of the NBA media world thinks Kobe should have been the MVP in 2006 and questions the MVP voting process.

As far as your characterization of Kobe's playoff level dropping to non All-Star, you're just being ridiculous. He had some bad shooting games against the Pistons and Game 7 against the Celtics, but he was transcendent in beating the Pacers and Kings when Shaq fouled out.

I wrote specifically that 2001 Kobe did things in the playoffs and that Curry never matched.

The original point of this exercise was to decide who wins the fantasy championship.

2001 playoff Kobe against the two best teams in the league that year (Kings and Spurs): 34.1/8.0/5.8 with 10.5 FTA.

In Game 4 against the Kings, Shaq fouled out, Kobe played the entire game and the Lakers outscored Sacramento by ten in the 4th quarter. Kobe's line: 48/16/3, 2 stl, 1 blk on 51.7% shooting.

Game 1 against the full-strength Spurs: 45/10/3, 1 stl, 1 blk on 54.3% shooting.

2017 playoff Curry against the best teams in the league that year (crippled Spurs and Cavs): 28.9/7.1/7.3 with 6.4 FTA

In Game 1 against the Spurs, Kawhi got injured and Curry went for 40/7/3, 3 stl, 9 blk on 53.8% shooting.

In Game 5 against the Cavs: 34/6/10, 3 stl, 0 blk on 50.0% shooting.

It speaks to your advanced stat myopia that you think 2017 Curry feasting on weaker Portland and Utah teams and a crippled San Antonio has the same value as Kobe playing against a murderer's row in the West.

It's that same myopia that lead stat heads to marvel at historic Bucks who pad their stats by beating the Bulls and Atlanta by 30 points a game and then wonder why they lose badly to the Heat in the playoffs.

You need a stronger pair of glasses.

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