Ah boy, here we go. Former NBA journeyman (a nice way of saying pariah I suppose) named Mike James recently joined the "Players Choice" podcast and did not include Curry on his list of top 5 players. He was very critical of Curry.
“Steph, how he plays and how he gets stuff off, it’s just kinda one-dimensional at times; He’s not the primary ball-handler a lot, and for a point guard that kinda bothers me.”
I'll tell you what bothers me: when things are flat-out incorrect. Curry is almost always the exclusive ball-handler for the Warriors. There is only one time a point guard gives the ball away, and that's when the point guard is a historically elite scorer. Literally. We are literally talking about Steph Curry, the greatest shooter of all time.
Any student of the game (apparently James who now plays in the EuroLeague is not) knows what happened to Michael Jordan early in his career. If your best scorer is always handling the ball—the other team can beat you. James is taking Curry and the Warriors' smartest tactic, of occasionally having someone else handle the ball, and trying to turn it on its ear to make it a negative. I'm just going to be frank. That's galaxy-brained idiocy.
His Top 5
James' top 5 players were Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Luka Doncic.
"I think those other five can do whatever they want to do on any team in the world right now. just don’t know about that for Steph. It’s a little murky for Steph…If you put him in Minnesota, he would still kill, but I don’t know if it would be the same.”
Uh, okay. Curry is the reigning Finals MVP and has four championships. For the record, Kevin Durant has not been able to win any NBA titles without Curry, but Curry has won a few without Durant. You attest that to the coaching around Curry or having Klay Thompson, but Thompson was frankly a very small factor in this last NBA title for the Warriors.
The disrespect from James towards Curry is pretty funny. A point guard who couldn't make it more than three seasons in the NBA, criticizing the game of one of the greatest point guards of all time looks pretty preposterous.
This is apropos of nothing but Curry's career 3P% of 42% is higher than James' career overall shooting percentage of 38%.
I think maybe James should shut up.