Steve Nash on Stephen Curry: “I hate to break it to you, but he’s already an all-time great”

Steve Nash on Stephen Curry: “I hate to break it to you, but he’s already an all-time great”

Stephen Curry is quietly having his best NBA season so far. At the age of 30, he is able to push the boundaries of excellence once again and is without a doubt an early MVP candidate.

In the eight games he played so far in the season and by the way the Warriors won seven out of those eight, Curry is averaging 32.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. He is shooting an astonishing 54% from the field and 51% from the three-point line. These numbers are ridiculous even for Stephen Curry standards and at the same time, you could even say he is underrated at what he does.

Steve Nash is also one of the all-time greats that proved an underdog can make it in the big boys league. After his storied career, Nash was employed by the Warriors and is involved with the team on a daily basis.

In an interview with ESPN’s Brian Windhorst Nash touched upon the topic of Curry’s greatness.

“I hate to break it to you, but he’s already an all-time great. He’s the ultimate one-off. He’s the evolution of basketball. It evolved before our eyes.

“There are layers to his place in the Zeitgeist. People don’t associate him to greatness because he doesn’t dominate the game physically. He dances. He pays a tax for that. He pays a tax for his great teammates.”

Steve Nash was like Curry a back-to-back MVP in 2005 and 2006, however, he never won an NBA championship and Curry already has three and it seems he is not stopping there.

There was an interesting comment from Steve Kerr that perfectly described Curry’s game in terms of similarity to Steve Nash.

“I told Steve Nash a few weeks ago, he’s like Nash on steroids.”

Both Nash and Curry revolutionized their positions but from everything we’re seeing Curry is taking the whole game to another level scoring effortlessly and asserting himself as the best shooter in NBA history. Only time will tell how many more MVP’s and NBA titles Curry and the Warriors will win, but if they continue playing the same way as they did so far, the entire NBA is in big trouble.

photo by Keith Allison