FROM one deadly shooter to another, Indiana Pacers great Reggie Miller is definitely impressed with Stephen Curry.
“He still has a lot of chapters to write...but, right now, you could certainly consider him among the top five shooters of all time,” Miller told New Yorker’s Charles Bethea after watching Curry lead the Golden State Warriors in scoring 79 first-half points in a win against the Pacers on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
“The streak that Steph has been on since last season rivals the greats of the game. It's hard to say he's better than Larry Bird or he's better than Steve Kerr, his coach, because those guys did it for much longer. But for this short a period he's in that group. And he keeps improving. If he can beat his own record for most threes in a season, then you've got to consider him one of the best ever.”
Their respective shooting prowess and leadership have led to inevitable comparisons between Miller and the 27-year-old Curry, both considered among the best three-point shooters in NBA history.
Curry’s offensive efficiency is a huge reason for the Warriors' 23-0 start. The current NBA MVP is averaging 32.2 points per contest, shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from beyond the arc on 11.2 attempts per game.
Like a true competitor, however, Miller maintains that in his prime, he was better than Curry.
"All truly great shooters — Dale Ellis, Larry Bird, Craig Hodges, Chris Mullin — we always believed that we were the best shooters in the world,” said Miller. "So, yeah, I'd take down Steph at my peak. Sure, my form wasn't as good as his. But it's all about results, man.