Nash says Curry is the “Greatest There’s Ever Been”
Steve Nash had some bold words of praise for Golden State Warrior’s Stephen Curry as he gets ready for Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals, calling Curry the “greatest [shooter] there’s ever been” in an interview with Bleacher Report’s, Ric Bucher.
Nash had the following to say:
“The only pause I have is from fear of being ignorant,” he said. “Am I missing someone? Does he need to play longer or do it longer? Does he have to do it in the playoffs more years? But my first reaction is, ‘Why not?’ He’s as good as anyone I can think of on every level—pure shooting, array of shots, percentage, getting hot, plays to the end—he checks all the boxes.”
“Steph takes it to another level,” Nash said. “I was able to do it going left and right, and we can both do it at speed, but I was always trying to get to the three-point line. He can do it from deeper and, frankly, I never took a step-back. He has no trouble taking a step-back and making it. You add that to all the other shots. It could be a clincher in this game of deciding who’s the best.”
“Consistency,” Nash said. “Can someone consistently make shots, night in and night out, year after year? That’s the true mark of a player. You could break it down a lot of ways, but that’s the bottom line. How rare are off nights? There are certain guys, they shoot the ball, you always think it’s going in. Steph is able to seamlessly get his feet down, gather his weight between his feet and go up in the air and shoot it in rhythm as if he’d just been standing there, caught it and shot it.”
Nash and Curry have developed a relationship over the past few seasons, and they have often been compared due to the similarities in their games: their lightning quick agility, deadly outside shooting, and tremendous vision on the court.
However, there are definite differences between the two players. Nash was a lower volume shooter as he was a traditional pass first point guard and would take less difficult shots overall. These differences will probably prevent Curry from putting up the 50-40-90 (field goal, three point and free throw percentage in the same season) that Nash did four times, but do not cut short Curry’s greatness.
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