Depending on who you ask, Stephen Curry is the second best point guard in the NBA. His ability to drown teams from behind the arch in a way we’ve never seen in NBA history has separated himself from the rest of point guards in the NBA sans Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.
And he’s not lacking in the confidence department as we’ve seen in his on-the-court play, but the All-Star point guard may be biting off more than he can chew as he thinks he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James as revealed in an interview with Dan Patrick of ESPN.
Interviewer: Who’s the better offensive player: you or LeBron [James]?
Curry: Better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question. Um … me. Gotta be right?
Curry’s offensive impact belongs in the same category as the LeBron James’ and Kevin Durant’s of the NBA–not many players petrify the opposition as he does. His ability to shoot opens the floor for the rest of his teammates and it causes defenses to overcompensate, again, making things easier for those around him.
When comparing Curry’s game James, two things stick out: shooting and ball-handling. Curry has those two categories easily, but James beats him in almost every other facet of offense: scoring, shot selection, efficiency, playmaking, post-play, finishing at the rim, setting screens, etc.
None of this is a slight to Curry–James is a transcendent player who’ll likely finish in the top-10 of NBA players ever–but James has the edge up on him. Curry’s young though. As he continues to grow and Steve Kerr putts a more efficient offense around him, Curry could be capable of entering James level.
And that’d be scary for the rest of the NBA.