Getty Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts and smiles against the Detroit Pistons.
Former Golden State Warriors player and former nemesis Richard Jefferson suffered a resounding defeat in the Stephen Curry-Magic Johnson debate over who is the best point guard of all time.
“Yes, step [Curry] changed the game, but we can’t add that [to his case] because Magic Johnson [and Larry Bird] “I saved the game,” Jefferson said on the Nov. 7 episode of “NBA Today” on ESPN.
Jefferson’s statement followed Draymond Green correcting a reporter that he played with “THE” best point guard of all time, referring to Curry.
For Jefferson, Curry needs to win two more championships and another Finals MVP or two.
Curry trails Johnson in all major honors: Championships 5-4, MVPs 3-2, Finals MVPs 3-1.
“So when you start looking at these things back to back, there’s no doubt about it, but again, these numbers don’t add up,” Jefferson said. “In my opinion, approx [Curry]When I talked about the superstars I played with, he was one of the best. He’s one of the ultimate team players, but for me as a basketball player, he’s the second best right now, maybe the second or third best point guard and probably the third or fourth best shooting guard of all time.”
Jefferson played with Curry during the 2012-13 season. Then he won his only NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 at the expense of Curry and the Warriors.
Curry is off to a historic start in his 15th season in the NBA.
After his seven consecutive 3-point games against the Cavaliers and Pistons, Curry became the first player to record four plus-3 points in each of his first eight games of an NBA season.
The 35-year-old Curry has unparalleled averages.
Curry is scoring 30.5 points on a 53/48/91 shooting distribution, which marks the third time in his career that he has averaged 30 on a 50/45/90 shooting percentage through the first eight games of the season. According to Malika Andrews on the same episode of NBA Today, he is the only NBA player to ever achieve this.
Curry also has the highest eight-game scoring average of any NBA player in history aged 35 or older.
Western Conference Player of the Week
Curry continued his hot shooting with 34 points against the Pistons after hitting seven 3-pointers in a consecutive game.
The Warriors superstar was named Western Conference Player of the Week before torching the Pistons.
Last week, Curry led the Warriors to a 3-1 record, averaging 30.1 points per game and making 23 three-pointers in four games while shooting 52.3%.
Curry also posted 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists as he regained his starting point guard position while Chris Paul was relegated to the bench.
Paul also had a historic run as the Warriors’ sixth man.
In his first four games off the bench, 38-year-old Paul has recorded 29 assists and zero turnovers. His astonishingly impeccable assist-to-turnover ratio has not been matched by a Warriors reserve since current Pepperdine coach Lorenzo Romar posted 30 assists and zero turnovers over a four-game stretch during the 1982-83 season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Erle Almo is a basketball journalist who covers the New York Knicks and Golden State Warirors for Heavy. He has more than 15 years of experience in local and international media, including broadcast, print and digital. He previously covered the Knicks for Empire Sports Media and the NBA for Off the Glass. Alder is from the Philippines and now lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. More about Alder Almo
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