It’s time for Luka vs. Steph for a spot in the NBA Finals. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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Stephen Curry vs. Luka Dončić: By the Numbers

From season stats to head-to-head to contracts and earnings, Boardroom provides the tale of the tape for Luka Dončić and Stephen Curry.

It had to be them.

Well, technically, it didn’t have to be, but the universe willed it into reality. Tipping off Wednesday night, the 2022 Western Conference Finals features the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks in a compelling affair that will culminate in a punched ticket to the NBA Finals. And that means the legacy of either Luka Dončić or Stephen Curry will take a notable step forward.

They’re incredibly different players — Luka moves like he’s not trying to get anywhere particularly fast, while Steph is basketball’s ultimate quickdraw shooter — but there are more than a few parallels between these two that link their fates in possibly cosmic terms. They’re both perennial MVP candidates. They’re both coached by former NBA guards with rings on their fingers. Unlike so many of the league’s biggest stars, neither wears Nike or Adidas. They both have gigantic contract extensions kicking in this fall.

Folks, it’s time for Steph vs. Luka. Let’s look into the numbers and see if there’s much of anything between these two elite-tier operators.

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Curry vs. Dončić Stats Breakdown

All stats via Basketball-Reference for the 2021-22 regular season.

Stephen Curry Stats

Points: 25.5 per game
Rebounds: 5.2
Assists: 6.3

FG%: 43.7
3P%: 38.0
FT%: 92.3

BPM: 5.8
Win shares: 8.0
VORP: 4.4

Luka Dončić Stats

Points: 28.4 per game
Rebounds: 9.1
Assists: 8.7

FG%: 45.7
3P%: 35.3
FT%: 74.4

BPM: 8.2
Win shares: 7.6
VORP: 5.9

Steph vs. Luka Head-to-head Stats

All stats via Basketball-Reference for the 2021-22 regular season.

Stephen Curry vs. Mavericks

Games: 4
Wins: 1
Points: 20.0 per game
Rebounds: 6.75
Assists: 7.75

FG%: 38.8
3P%: 29.4
FT%: 66.7

Luka Dončić vs. Warriors

Games: 4
Wins: 3
Points: 31.5 per game
Rebounds: 9.0
Assists: 5.5

FG%: 47.6
3P%: 38.2
FT%: 87.5

Dončić vs. Curry: Salary & Earnings

All dollar figures via Spotrac.

Luka Dončić Contract Details

Expiring contract:
Years: 4
Total value: $32.47M
Avg. annual value: $8.12M

Upcoming extension (2022-27)
Years: 5
Total value: $212.28M
Avg. annual value: $42.46M

Total earnings (before extension): $31.99M
Total earnings (after extension):$244.27M

Stephen Curry Contract Details

Expiring contract:
Years: 5
Total value: $201.16M
Avg. annual value: $40.23M

Upcoming extension (2022-27)
Years: 4
Total value: $215.35M
Avg. annual value: $53.84M

Total earnings (before extension): $254.74M
Total earnings (after extension): $470.09M

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