How to stop Stephen Curry? LeBron James says you don’t. So when asked who’s the player who plays the best defense against him, Steph reveals his choice, and it’s not anyone’s expected answer.
“He knows my game so well”
No one can stop Curry. Only injuries. He’s so streaky that he can heat up and score a pile of points anytime. Curry also has the green light to shoot from anywhere. Limiting his production takes more than one man. However, he revealed the best defender for him, and it’s his brother.
In a Q&A interview with GQ Sports, the Golden State Warriors star answered questions on different social media platforms. One such question was,” Be honest, who played the best defense against you?”
Oh, that’s a great question. Honestly, my brother, because he knows my game so well, and there’s always that kind of vibe of him disarming me. When I’m out there, ’cause I feel like, I’m so proud to see my brother out there on the court. I kind of get lost in that moment.”
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Seth Curry is a streaky shooter more than a defender, but he has an advantage over other defenders - he lived with and grew up with Steph. Naturally, he’s known Steph for a long time and knows about what makes him uncomfortable, his tendencies, and his body language. So playing mind games might not work for him. The Warriors star knows this, but he also knows how to get around Seth’s defense, living and growing up with him for many years.
It was great to see Steph open up and admit that sometimes he loses focus and allows himself to feel the pride the Curry brothers are sharing an NBA court. So if we account for picking his brother for sentimental reasons as well, Steph’s other two choices for best defenders he had to face were a bit more expected.
“But outside of Seth, I’d probably say Tony Allen or Avery Bradley.”
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Tony Allen and Avery Bradley are classic picks. They are hard-nosed defenders who move with their feet. It’s not surprising Curry gave them props.
Curry head-to-head with Curry
Does Seth actually give Steph nightmares on the defensive end? A quick look on career head-to-head tells us the former MVP has a 13-3 record, including 4-0 in the postseason against his brother. In those games, Steph averaged 28.7 points while Seth averaged 9.1 points. The older Curry even managed to drop 49 points on Seth, so it’s safe to say his defense didn’t hold much.
Dell Curry deserves a lot of credit for raising his sons the right way. Seth and Steph may not have the heft and height standard for NBA players, but they carved their own path and utilized shooting to their advantage. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers guard needs to step up his defense to live up to his billing as the toughest Steph Curry defender.