Skip to main content

Larry Bird doesn't think Stephen Curry is the best shooter of all-time

Larry-Bird-Steph-Curry

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.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

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.

Boston Celtics Three Pointer GIF by NBA - Find & Share on GIPHY
kareem-bynum-bill-russell-min

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tried mentoring Andrew Bynum by showing him Bill Russell's defensive highlights

Bynum would start to get it, but he wasn't too interested in playing defense, in Kareem's words.

Allen Iverson wearing the iconic 76ers black jersey that the organisation might bring back

Philadelphia 76ers may bring back the black jerseys Allen Iverson made famous

The Philadelphia 76ers’ most popular jerseys in franchise history are arguably the black-themed ones that many associate with no other than Allen Iverson.

Draymond Green explains why the Warriors will win three out of four next championships

Draymond Green believes that the Golden State Warriors will win three of the next four championships

Draymond Green may be confident the Warriors can win more titles but he's also setting the bar extremely high for the organization for the next few years

Kobe Bryant on the first time he went up against Manu Ginobili

"Who's this white boy?" — Kobe Bryant on his first meeting with a San Antonio Spurs legend

Kobe Bryant believes the NBA had to adjust to this legend's unique and unorthodox playstyle.

Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird and Providence Friars head coach Rick Pitino

"I needed an offensive gimmick" — Larry Bird names the real 3-point shot instigator before Stephen Curry

Nowadays, when people knock down a 3-point shot they yell "Steph Curry." Back in the day, people blurted out "Pitino Bombino."

John Wall on why he cares more about his legacy than championship

John Wall on why he cares more about his legacy than championship: "Winning a ring is not everything"

At one point, with superteams already stacked with multiple stars, some believed that the Wizards should also do the same if they want to win a championship. But not Wal

Talk with Joe Dumars, Adam Silver makes Draymond Green realize the mistake of calling Kendrick Perkins coon

Talk with Joe Dumars, Adam Silver makes Draymond Green realize the mistake of calling Kendrick Perkins coon

New Media members should take note of things that shouldn't be said. Draymond Green realized his mistake and held himself accountable after discussing it with Joe Dumars and Adam Silver.

Draymond Green names the only two Western Conference teams who are legitimate threats

Draymond Green names the only two Western Conference teams who are legitimate threats

Draymond Green breaks down why these two Western Conference teams are threats to their back-to-back championship hopes.