Many believe that it's unfair to compare NBA eras. However, it's inevitable, and quite honestly, it's always intriguing to hear the players' insights, especially from someone as interesting as former Charlotte Hornets point guard Muggsy Bogues.
Muggsy talks then and now
Bogues played the best seasons of his remarkable NBA career with the Hornets. In Charlotte, he developed a strong bond with Alonzo Mourning and Dell Curry, Stephen Curry's dad. For those who didn't know, Bogues also formed a beautiful relationship with Steph throughout the years. So, if anybody could explain Zo and Steph's game, that would be Muggsy.
In an interview with Hoopshype in July, Bogues was asked to predict how things would play out had Mourning played in today's game and Steph in the 90s. According to the 5-foot-3 NBA legend, Zo's skills and intensity would've made him a "force" in today's game. As for Steph, Bogues interestingly specified that he would've become a "2.0 version" of Mark Price.
"Well, a shooter always can shoot. So that probably wouldn't change on his behalf. I look at Mark Price, what his game was… Stephen [Curry] would be definitely like a 2.0 version of that. I'm quite sure he would have found his way in our era," Bogues assessed.
"And Alonzo [Mourning] he could definitely have been able to play today," he continued. "With the relentless type of skill set that he possessed, inside out, he would have been a force to be reckoned with."
As a kid, Steph was often courtside during Hornets games to watch his father play. And having been used to seeing a player like Bogues, who was roughly just a few inches taller than him at the time, the young Steph, as per Muggsy, grew his confidence. But little did everyone know Steph would use that confidence to become the player he is today.
"He was never the biggest kid out there, but he'd see a guy like myself out there playing against bigger guys so he never got discouraged or distracted [about his size]," Bogues said in another interview with the same outlet in 2019. "Now, he's one of the best shooters in the world, if not the best. It's just a remarkable story."
Looking at how Steph's career panned out, it wouldn't be a surprise if some would believe Bogues when he says the four-time NBA champ would've also been an All-Star-level player in his era.