PURE MAGIC Steph Curry leaves NBA fans divided after bold claim about his position among basketball greats
GOLDEN State Warriors star Steph Curry has divided NBA fans by saying he’s the greatest point guard in the league’s history.
The four-time NBA champion picked himself and Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson as the two players worthy of that title.
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry said he’s the best point guard in NBA historyCredit: Getty
Curry mentioned himself and Magic Johnson as the NBA’s best point men everCredit: Getty
Curry, 35, took a lengthy pause when asked if he was the best point guard ever by Gilbert Arenas on his podcast.
“Yes,” the nine-time All-Star finally responded.
However, Curry immediately mentioned Johnson’s name as he continued to answer the question.
“Yes, it’s me and Magic,” he said. “That’s the conversation.”
Curry later heaped praise on Johnson and highlighted his resume, saying that simply being in consideration as the best-ever point guard alongside Magic is “a place I never thought I would be in.”
Still, his response caused a stir on social media.
Some NBA fans thought that Curry, who ushered in the three-point revolution alongside Warriors teammate Klay Thompson, had all the right to consider himself the greatest-ever point man.
“Exactly what he should be saying,” one wrote.
“He’s the best. Correct,” another tweeted.
Others disagreed, bringing up Johnson’s accolades to back their claims.
“More like it’s Magic and then there’s everybody else,” one wrote.
“Magic better. More MVPs. More Finals MVPs. More rings,” and another added.
Although both Curry and Johnson ran the point, they played the position in very different ways.
The 6-foot-9 Lakers icon was an all-around playmaker thanks to his unique mix of size, athleticism, and basketball IQ.
He averaged 19.5 points, 11.2 assists, and 7.2 rebounds in 13 seasons for the Purple and Gold, winning five NBA titles and claiming three MVP honors during his time in Los Angeles.
But Johnson was nowhere near as good a scorer as Curry, who has been considered the best shooter to have ever played in the NBA.
The two-time MVP knocks down a mind-boggling 42.8 percent for three in his professional career.
His outside shooting has translated into 24.6 points per game for the Warriors in 14 years with the team in addition to 6.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.6 steals.