the one that was an all-world defensive guard and didnt need protection cuddling from top tier perimeter defenders like Klay/Iggy taking the tough matchups and the best help defender of this generation in Draymond to make up for his constant mistakes
Kobe just because he was elite at offense, also quite good with defense too, but peak Curry very close.
Except that Kobe was never elite offensively. He's never shot 50% in any season in his career or come close. He's never lead the league in advanced metrics e.g. PER and again, never came close. Shooting a ton of awful shots so that you can get your points doesnt make you elite.
21 Lebron, 3rd year Wade, Dirk, and Nash were all better offensively than prime Kobe.
The gap between Curry (who is in the argument for best offensive peak ever) and kobe is much larger than the gap between 2006 Kobe and 2016 Curry defensively.
Curry is a terrible defensive player while Kobe was elite. 2006 isn't a good comparison because Kobe played with the worst supporting cast while Curry had his best, 2009 Kobe shits on 2016 Curry, just look at the Post-season numbers. Curry is a product of a system while Kobe dominated regardless of his supporting cast. Curry's defensive metrics are a joke, it's all Iguodala, Green and Klay.
Kobe's numbers would be far different in this era, Curry's "offensive peak" is putting up 22 ppg in the Finals and choking a 3 - 1 lead against an inferior opponent. That Warriors squad beat the Rockets without him and were up 2 - 1 in the WCSF before his return, imagine Kobe having a team that could potentially make the Finals without him.
Also the fact that he made 402 threes in a single season, breaking the old record by 116 which was set by none other than Steph himself. Oh and let's not forget most of these shots were from 30+ feet away and contested and he STILL made 45% of them.