Warriors guard Andre Iguodala may be a little biased, which could explain why he said that his longtime teammate, Steph Curry, is the second-greatest point guard of all time.
But does he have an argument?
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Curry was once again spectacular in the victory. He came up big when it counted most, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Warriors’ comeback.
Curry finished with 28 points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists.
“I still think he doesn’t really get the respect he deserves,” Iguodala said after the game, according to ESPN.
“Guys think he uses a lot of screens and guys think they can draw mismatches with him defensively, but he’s a real problem,” Iguodala added. “I think I told (Kevin Durant), he said he missed me on the shot he took, and I said, ‘Y’all two are like Michael Jordan, there’s no such thing as a bad shot.’ That’s for real, and people don’t understand the presence they bring to the court. Especially on the offensive end.”
Regarding what it will take for Curry to get the respect he truly deserves Iguodala suggested it won’t ever happen.
“It is what it is sometimes,” Iguodala added. “But when you sit down and have serious conversations, that’s when you — he’s the second-best point guard ever — you argue that.”
He later added that Magic Johnson was the greatest, ESPN reported.
Curry joked that he’s heard this kind of talk before from his teammate.
“Every day he texts me when I wake up in the morning and tells me that same comment,” Curry said. “I got some work to do to get to No. 1 apparently.”
“Underrated.com,” Curry joked. “Check out the tour. They’re in Philly today and tomorrow. I’m trying to share that with the world for sure. Underratedtour.com, sorry.”
Curry said his legacy as an all-time great isn’t really on his mind right now.
But Warriors forward Draymond Green is in Iguodala’s camp on this one.
“I think so,” Green said. “Magic was great obviously, but it’s also two completely different types of point guards. I don’t think Steph is close to being the type of point guard as Magic — at the type of point guard Magic was. And vice versa. Magic’s not close to being as close to the type of point guard as Steph is. But in his own right (Steph) probably is the best ever, and especially in the way the game is played today. He’s continuing to climb; that’s amazing. Like Andre said, you still don’t see him get the due that he deserves, but it is what it is.”
There’s certainly an argument to be made for that claim. Curry is a two-time MVP and three-time (and counting) NBA champion. He’s also widely considered to be one of, if not the greatest, shooter of all time.
For his career, he’s averaging 23.5 points per game, 6.6 assists and 1.7 steals. But like Green said, he’s not the same type of point guard as Johnson. He changed the game not with his passing ability like the Lakers legend did, but rather with his ridiculous range.
But there are certainly other greats worthy of consideration, like all-time assists leader John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, two-time MVP Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, and former MVP and “Mr. Triple Double” Oscar Robertson, to name a few.
Time will tell where Curry stands at the end of his career, but he’s certainly already cemented himself as one of the greats.
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