Hopefully you watched Saturday night’s Warriors vs. Thunder showdown. If you declined to make plans on a Saturday night so you could sit on your couch and watch the game of the season in the NBA, you were rewarded. If you didn’t, I feel bad for you, but you obviously know what happened by now.
World Wide Wob has every single moment of the Stephsanity covered for you if you feel the urge to re-live the madness. But ridiculous highlights aside, pulling out a win like THAT made me seriously consider where Stephen Curry actually ranks all-time.
The truthful answer is that I’m really not sure yet. Maybe I’m still in shock of exactly what he’s doing. If the Warriors do indeed repeat this season, Curry no doubt climbs the ladder, but I can’t yet place him with some of the legends that others want to group him alongside.
I did come up with this, however — Steph is the most dangerous weapon in NBA history.
Before you try and take that out of context — no, Curry is not in the conversation for greatest of all-time, or even close yet. In their primes, MJ tunes up Steph 10 out of 10 times in a game of one-on-one. If you feel otherwise, that’s a debate for another day.
I’ll keep using the Jordan example because he’s the obvious GOAT in most minds. He could do anything on the floor at an elite level. But there may actually be no one single part of Jordan’s game that was quite as dominant as Curry is from downtown.
Steph is better at shooting 3-pointers than anyone has ever been at anything in the NBA. Better than Rodman was at rebounding. Better than Russell at blocking shots. Better than Carter at dunking. And yes, better than Jordan at scoring. The dude has 288 triples (breaking his own record from last season) with a month and a half left in the season.
If there’s one tool that’s most valuable to be the best at it’s 3-point shooting. It’s simply worth the most points on the floor. The case really starts when you factor in just how wide the gap is between Steph and the next best.
The Warriors had a bad game Saturday against a sure fire top-4 NBA team. They still won, not only because Curry went an absurd 12-for-16 from beyond the arc, but primarily because of his ability to adjust.
No matter how far away from the basket the defense decided to pick Steph up, he just kept dribbling his way into range and firing away. It culminated with his 32-foot game winner, which he took with complete confidence. It could’ve been a 40-footer and he’d probably have gotten the same result. He practices all these shots … there’s no luck involved.
The amazing part was that as sensational as the shot was, were you even surprised it went in? Nope. Neither was anybody in the building (including the Thunder sideline). So why wasn’t a defender out there in Steph-range to pick him up? I’m stuck on an answer for that. But I assume it’s because teams haven’t adjusted to just how lethal Curry is.
Note to other NBA teams: Start defending Steph Curry for what he is! He’s a never before seen weapon with the ability to score 3-points from anywhere he wants as soon as he crosses half court.
If Steph can keep shooting at a rate like this for the next 10 years, then we can sit down and have the all-time talk. But staying in the now, if there was any question who the MVP is (and there wasn’t), Curry answered that with one of the most memorable MVP moments we’ve ever seen.
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