Golden State Warriors center Andre Iguodala said his teammate Steph Curry is the “second-best point guard ever,” ranking only Magic Johnson ahead of him, after a 120-117 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
“It’s interesting because I think he’s still underrated,” Iguodala said in response to a reporter’s question about Curry in a postgame press conference. “I still think he doesn’t really get the respect he deserves. I think guys think he uses a lot of screens and guys think they can draw mismatches with him defensively. But he’s a real problem.”
Then another reporter asked what it would take for Curry to get the respect he deserves, and that’s when Iggy ranked him among the great point guards in NBA history.
“He won’t ever get [the respect]. It just is what it is sometimes,” he said. “But when you sit down and have a serious conversation…he’s the second-best point guard ever.”
In the match against Iguodala’s former team, Curry had 28 points, four rebounds and two assists, only trailing Kevin Durant in scoring. So perhaps Iguodala was feeling extra proud of his teammate.
But is there merit to his claim? There certainly is when it comes to three-point shooting, as Curry is the top-ranking point guard for career three-pointers made, according to Basketball Reference. He’s ranked third for three-point shots made behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller, both shooting guards.
He is one of the top ranked point guards for three-point field goal percentage (interestingly, he’s topped by his brother Seth, who is a shooting and point guard). His head coach, Steve Kerr, who played shooting and point guard during his 15-year career, has the highest three-point field goal percentage of all time.
Aside from three-pointers, though, Curry doesn’t rank very high, statistically speaking. For example, he’s ranked 114th in NBA history for points scored, behind other legendary point guards like Steve Nash, Chris Paul, and Bay Area native Jason Kidd. Magic Johnson is 80th on that list.
Curry has the 22nd-highest points-per-game average on the NBA’s all-time list but is behind Jerry West, Allen Iverson, James Harden, and Oscar Robertson, all of whom played point guard at some point in their careers. Magic, who Iguodala said is the only point guard better than Curry, is 69th on that list.
In terms of the stat point guards dominate the most – assists – Curry is 83rd all time, behind even Iguodala. Magic is fifth on that list. John Stockton has the most career assists. And he’s 36th in terms of assists per game, behind several point guards.
When it comes to player efficiency, he’s ranked 17th all time, behind Paul, Harden, and Magic, and is 21st in terms offensive rating, again behind Paul, Harden, and Nash. But he’s got the highest true shooting percentage for a point guard all time, ranking up there with some of NBA’s most legendary big men.
And as for value over replacement player, Curry is ranked 33rd all time amongst all players and although he’s in the top 10 for point guards (ninth, actually), he’s surpassed by several of his peers at the position, like James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Maybe Iguodala is referring to his longtime teammate’s impact on the court, the fact that he’s been a leader of one of the NBA’s all-time great teams, and his playoff performance. Curry is a six-time NBA All-Star, five-time All NBA selection, and two-time league MVP, and played a key role in the Warriors’ three championships.
In terms of the playoffs, he averages 24.9 points per game and 6.1 assists, and shoots 45 percent from the field. And – barring injury or other early retirement – he’s still got a lot of time left in his career.
But what do you think? Where does Steph Curry rank in terms of all-time great point guards in the NBA? Let us know in the comments.
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