LeBron James stopped short of saying Stephen Curry is the best player in the NBA after the Golden State Warriors star claimed a second consecutive Most Valuable Player award.
Curry claimed back-to-back MVPs on Tuesday and the award has been weighed in on by a lot of people, with Cleveland Cavaliers forward James adding his name to that list.
James, who finished third in voting behind Curry and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, said he thinks Curry is "definitely deserving" of the top honour.
"Look at Steph's numbers," James said on Wednesday. "He averaged 30, he led the league in steals, he was 90-50-40 [shooting percentages from the free throw line, field and beyond the 3-point line] and they won 73 [games].
"So, I don't -- do you have any debate over that, really, when it comes to that award? But when you talk about most valuable, then you can have a different conversation.
"Take nothing away from him, he's definitely deserving of that award, for sure."
Curry became the 11th player in NBA history to win consecutive MVPs.
James knows a little something about the award -- he has won it four times since entering the league in 2003, including back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013.
"I think sometimes the word 'valuable' or best player of the year you can have different results," James said. "You know, that's not taking anything from anyone that's ever won the award."