Steph Curry broke his own record for most 3-pointers made (288) in a season Saturday night, as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-118 in an overtime thriller.
Curry hit the game-winning shot for the Warriors, pulling up from approximately 36 feet with three seconds left in OT.
His ability to consistently hit shots well beyond the three-point line has many people calling him the greatest shooter in NBA history.
Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson doesn’t seem to think so, however.
Jackson tweeted that Curry reminds him of players like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who had a short stint in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, averaging 16.0 points per game on 35.4 percent from the three-point line.
Curry also recently drew criticism from NBA legend Oscar Robertson, who believes that Curry is shooting so well because of poor perimeter defense. Curry is not like other players in that he can make shots once he passes half court. In response, NBA defenses are beginning to press him as soon as possible to take away time and space. But this is not a revolutionary strategy. Curry is a phenomenal shooter with a quick release and textbook form. He is a natural born shooter, which is why he continues to amaze NBA fans with his incredible circus-like shots.
Curry may not be unique in Jackson’s mind, but he has the respect of many of his peers. Several NBA players tweeted about Curry’s game-winning shot.
Maybe with a few more circus shots, he’ll have the respect of NBA legends as well.