A few years ago, NBA analysts and fanatics did not dare put Stephen Curry’s name in the same conversation with Kobe Bryant. Curry came into the league as an undersized combo guard who was “far below [the] NBA standard in regard to explosivenes (sic) and athleticism,” per a scouting report from nbadraft.net. He was considered injury-prone due to his weak ankles, missing 50 of a possible 230 games in his first three seasons (2009-2011). In his first few years, he was merely deemed a good shooter on a bad team.

However, one MVP trophy and a championship ring later, the Warriors sharpshooter has built a reputation worthy of being mentioned alongside all-time greats like Bryant.

Curry’s 2014-15 MVP season was one for the books. He broke the single-season record for three pointers made with 286, shooting them at a proficient 44-percent clip. He also tied the record for most games scoring 45 points and making at least eight threes, according to ESPN. The other player to accomplish that feat? None other than Bryant.

So, in their respective MVP seasons, who was better? For Curry, it’s been about efficiency. His PER was four points above Bryant’s and his three-point percentage was two percentage points better. This is impressive considering Curry took about 48 percent of all his field goal attempts from behind the arc. Bryant, meanwhile, did his damage with volume. He hoisted up 349 more shot attempts, averaging about five points more per game. Bryant didn’t take nearly as many three-point shots when compared to Curry, but his aggressive style led to more trips to the charity stripe.

When analyzing averages for Bryant and Curry over their first seven seasons, we see their statistics are quite similar. They both averaged 21 points in 34-35 minutes per game with marginal differences in assists, rebounds and steals. What truly differentiates them is how they got their points. Bryant averaged approximately three more attempts at the free throw line per game than Curry whereas Curry averaged well over four more three-point attempts per game than Bryant.

As great as Curry played the last few years, questions arose prior to the season whether the Warriors’ MVP could continue his scoring dominance. In his seventh season so far (through 25 games played), Curry’s more than held up his end of the bargain by posting a gaudy PER of 33.7 and scoring 32 points per game.

These numbers become even more impressive when considering “Chef Curry” is shooting over 51 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc. He’s currently third in field goal percentage among all guards and boasts the highest three-point percentage out of guards who have made more than 20 threes (He is shooting 5.5 percent better than the next best shooter, J.J. Redick).

To put these numbers into greater perspective, Curry’s seventh season has been more effective than Bryant’s by seven PER points, a whopping difference considering Curry has been frequently sitting out the fourth quarter during blowout victories. This difference can be attributed to Curry’s high volume of three-point attempts, at 11 per game compared to Bryant’s four.

Even with Bryant’s averages of 30 points, five assists, six rebounds and two steals, Curry’s fantastic season following up on his MVP campaign appears to trump that from “The Black Mamba.” If Curry continues to play at such a high level, he will undoubtedly be holding his second MVP trophy at the end of the season.