Warriors & Cavs as Prospects

“Stephen Curry and LeBron James have six NBA Most Valuable Player Awards between them, but they were viewed in vastly different terms at the start of their careers.

Curry had a successful high school career in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area but was unranked by every recruiting service and was only offered a walk-on spot at Virginia Tech, his father’s alma mater. He instead went to Davidson, where he developed into a first-round pick and a two-time NBA MVP.

James was hyped as a once-in-a-generation prospect coming out of high school. He skipped college and became the best basketball player since Michael Jordan.

How were the rest of the players on the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers rated as prospects? There are seven former top-10 recruits playing in the 2018 NBA Finals, eight former unranked prospects, four international players and everything in between.”

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SOURCE: ESPN, Preston Keres/The Washington Post/Getty Images