Stephen Curry is one of two players on Team USA who have a bit of hype to live up to, in my opinion.
Just as James Harden will undoubtedly be reminded of his assertion that he is the best basketball player alive all throughout the FIBA World Cup, so, too, does Stephen Curry have some words to back up.
Steph Curry: “Better offensive player — me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question. Um, Me. [Laughs.] It’s gotta be, right?”
Dan Patrick: “I don’t know. I assume you would think you’re a pure shooter. He can score. You can, too, but I think — you know what? — the correct answer is probably: LeBron is a better scorer, but I think you’re the better shooter. How’s that?”
Curry: “I don’t know. He obviously demands a lot of attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well.”
Uh-oh. Well, at least give the man credit for having a healthy dose of confidence!
Curry averaged a career-high 24 points and 8.5 assist per game last season, and even though he hasn’t done anything in his career to prove that he produces more points per game than King James, Curry is obviously capable of putting up a lot of points in a short period of time.
It also is worth noting that Curry is Team USA’s best threat from beyond the arc. A career .440 shooter from deep in the NBA, Curry should cause teams to think twice about sagging off of Team USA’s perimeter guys in order to neutralize the likes of Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, etc.
Bottom line: Stephen Curry certainly will not find himself being asked to lock down the opposition’s best perimeter player. Instead, he will be asked to provide instant offense, which should not be a problem for the man who fancies himself one of – the? – best offensive players in the NBA.