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NBA’s Heavy Hitters

One inspired an entire city, the other helped to change the way the game is played.

NBA’s Heavy Hitters

One inspired an entire city, the other helped to change the way the game is played.

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Who: Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James & the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry 

The Story: They may have been on opposing sides for the last two NBA Finals, but through their skill and determination they both inspired thousands of fans and athletes around the world. 

James ended decades of misery for the city of Cleveland and proved fighting until the end pays off, leading his Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit against Curry’s Warriors in this year’s NBA Finals. 

Curry may have just missed out on winning back-to-back championships, but he still managed to win consecutive NBA MVP awards. If that wasn’t enough, Curry was also voted the NBA’s first unanimous MVP, proving his revolutionary, perimeter-based style of play was more than just a fad. 

I never really set out to change the game. I never thought that would happen in my career. What I wanted to do was be myself. … I know it inspires the next generation. You can work every day to get better.” – Steph Curry

More from Hudl 100: Highlighting Sports and Technology's Key Players

Athletes

01Fotu Leiato

Inspired prospective college athletes from across the country to dream big and get creative in marketing themselves.

02Moritz Boehringer

Inspired athletes around the world to believe they can contend at the highest levels of competition.

03The Combine Kids

Inspired high school players to improve their combine scores to gain recruiting attention.

04Aaron Pistulka

Inspired bench warmers everywhere to embrace their role on the team.

05Kelsey Robinson

She is educating athletes everywhere about the power of technology in sports.

06Kestra Triasmono

Inspired female athletes to pursue opportunities in sports and educated the sports community about maximizing their physical well-being.

07NBA’s Heavy Hitters

One inspired an entire city, the other helped to change the way the game is played.

08Cam Newton

Inspired America’s youth through his charitable work.

09Sam Gordon

Inspired athletes through the popularity of her highlight clips.

10Chelsea Jaensch

Inspired athletes to never give up on their goals, no matter how long they’ve been away from their sport.

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