Steph Curry is averaging an NBA-best 30.1 points per game. He is also shooting 45.4 percent from three-point range, which trails only J.J. Redick (48.5 percent) and Kawhi Leonard (46.3 percent) for the top spot in the league.
Then again, Curry makes an average of 5.1 threes per game – more than Redick (2.7) and Leonard (1.8) combined. Throw in the fact that Curry is the reigning MVP and the player defenses game-plan against the most, and the question must be asked:
Is Curry the greatest shooter of all time?
“I think he is,” Grand Canyon head coach and three-time NBA All-Star Dan Majerle said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I’ve never seen anything like it. The difficulty of the shots he takes, people keying in on him, his ability for his range to put it on the floor, especially at his size – I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”
Majerle, by the way, shot 35.8 percent from three for his career and was above 38 percent for three straight seasons from 1991-94. He also played against the likes of Reggie Miller, Terry Porter, Mark Price and others.
“Obviously I played with some great shooters and have been around great shooters,” Majerle said. “One of the things I say about Steph Curry is he’s got the guts and has the green light to take shots that most of us would never have taken when we played. I think a lot of NBA players can hit those shots, but not at the consistent level that he’s been able to do it and day in and day out.”
Curry scored a ho-hum 19 points in Golden State’s 109-104 road win against Minnesota on Monday, but has led the Warriors to a 63-7 start. He averaged 36.7 points in the month of February, topping 40 points four times and 50 points twice.
“I’m amazed at the skill level he has, the way he can shoot,” Majerle said. “I think he’s the best shooter ever to shoot a basketball.”