The emergence of Stephen Curry in the NBA world really changed the way how the game is played globally. The prettiest shot in all of basketball propelled Curry into immaculate stardom, as everybody considers him to be one of the best players in the modern era of NBA basketball. After three championships and two MVP awards, Steph is still going at it even at 33 years old due to his best skill being timeless.
Younger NBA fans are all in a consensus agreement that Stephen Curry is the best shooter of all time, and it’s hard to counter that argument when you look at the stats and the eye test. But you have to pay respect to the old-school guys who were playing ahead of their time. Indeed Curry changed the game with his ability to shoot from deep, but he also benefited massively from it, as the fast pace and the open court is ideally suited for Steph’s skills.
But if some of the best three-point shooters of the ’80s, ’90s, and 00’s played today, they could have had even more prominent careers. Larry Bird managed to become one of the best players ever even though he was playing in the ’80s, but that is because Bird had a great all-around game to complement that beautiful jumper.
So who better to ask about some of the best shooters of all time than “Larry Legend.” When making an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show back in 2015, Bird got asked if he thinks Curry is the best shooter of all time. Bird disagreed with that statement, even though he gave Steph his kudos. Still, Bird listed a few classic names, but also a few interesting names you maybe wouldn’t think of instantly:
“I don’t know about that; Chris Mullin was pretty good…How about Mark Price. Deep shooters, Curry is one of the best…Reggie (Miller) hit as many big shots as I mean if you go back and look over the years as anyone. Either to tie the game go up by one, or win the game, as many as anybody. I’ve seen it, I played against him, and I coached him…the thing is, anybody can shoot when it’s tied. It’s when you’re down 1 or down 2. How many guys make that shot?”Larry Bird, The Dan Patrick Show
Of course, Bird also had to put himself in that group, and with every right. Reggie Miller is also a name that often comes up, but Price and Mullin were a bit of a surprise. Sure great players and shooters, especially for their era, but not names that I would suggest before Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, or Ray Allen. It seems like Bird is a bit biased towards his era, but if somebody knows about shooting and recognizing the great ones, it is Larry Bird. After all, it’s not just about the shooting ability, but being able to knock it down when the stakes are high, just like Larry did numerous times.