Steph Curry is the better shooter and LeBron is the better scorer. Right?
That’s what Dan Patrick thinks and I can’t imagine anybody thinking differently with the exception of Stephen Curry who should feel he’s the better scorer as well as playmaker and offensive player in general.
When you are considered one of the top 3 best, if not the best, shooter of all-time and you can average almost 9 assists while scoring 24 points a game, then you can make a case that you are the best offensive player in today’s game.
via Ball Don’t Lie from the Dan Patrick Interview
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.”
Patrick [interrupting]: “What about just putting points up? What about points? What if I said, ‘You go out and score as many as you want in a game and LeBron goes out’ — who scores more?”
Curry: “I would like to say my shot would help in that situation. If I get a double team, I can hopefully shoot from farther out.”
Although I don’t have an issue with somebody, other than Curry, saying Curry is a better offensive player than LeBron, I don’t see Steph or anybody in the league right now, including KD, scoring as many points as LeBron if LeBron’s mindset was to just put up as many points as he could – like the night he scored 61 or even forgotten nights like this…
Back to the offensive player argument, Steph scored 30+ points 41 times last season and dished out more than 10 assists 21 times. If that wasn’t impressive enough, let’s look at the final 10 days of the regular season.
- 31 pts, 16 asts, 5 3pt vs Jazz
- 24 pts, 6 asts, 2 3pt vs Nuggets
- 30 pts, 12 asts, 4 3pt vs Lakers
- 47 pts, 5 asts, 7 3pt vs Blazers
- 32 pts, 15 asts, 7 3pt vs TWolves
But if we flashback to LeBron’s final season with the Cavs in 2010, we will see that he scored 40+ points 29 times and dished out more than 10 assists 24 times. We are also talking about a guy who scored 52 points while recording a triple double against the Knicks – oh wait, the NBA took away one of his rebounds and gave it to Ben Wallace. So we are also talking about a guy who scored 52 points while recording 11 assists and then in the following week recorded a 55 point 9 assist game. LeBron also had a 50 point 10 assist and a 51 point 9 assist performance in 2008.
So is Stephen Curry the better offensive player?