Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr hailed his player, Stephen Curry, as the best point guard in the NBA.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr believes Stephen Curry is the NBA's point guard.
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Kerr made the declaration in the aftermath of the Warriors' 136-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 16. Curry finished with 30 points and 15 assists, per CSN Bay Area:
"Through 10 games, Stephen Curry is averaging 24.8 points (4th best in [the] NBA), 7.7 assists (5th best in [the] NBA), 2.30 steals (3rd best in NBA), and has made 31 3-pointers (2nd most in NBA).
"What did Warriors head coach Steve Kerr think of his point guard's 30-point, 15-assist performance against the Lakers on Sunday night?
"'That's as good a point guard job as I've ever seen, what Steph did tonight,' Kerr declared. 'Managing the game, being aggressive at the right times, taking care of the ball, finding guys.
"'The guy has taken another level. I think he's the best in NBA right now at that position.'
"Last year, Curry became the first Warriors player to start the All-Star Game since Latrell Sprewell in 1995.
"He wasn't First Team All-NBA, however, as Chris Paul took home that honor for the third straight season.
"The Clippers' floor general is considered by many to be the best point guard in the league.
"Others believe Tony Parker has the crown. Some believe Russell Westbrook owns the distinction.
"Following Golden State's win over Los Angeles, Kerr was asked the following question:
"'What did you learn about your backcourt that you didn't know when you were a broadcaster?'
"'The only thing I wasn't sure about was Steph's defense at a high level,' Kerr said. 'But the level of Steph's defense this year is beyond what I expected.
"'I knew he was better defensively than people give him credit for, but honestly, what he's done this year at that end is remarkable.'"
ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss wrote about Curry's defense in his Nov. 5 blog:
"Yes, Stephen Curry is playing some great defense. He's tied with Memphis' Tony Allen for the league lead in defensive rating at 83.9, which looks like a typo crossed with small-sample-size theater mixed with a prank. That's if you believe the hype about his bad defense -- hype validated by Jackson's staff outsourcing all Curry's difficult defensive assignments to Thompson.
"Point guards aren't really allowed to be average or even mediocre at defense. You're either considered great at it, like Chris Paul, or your defense is a national joke. Curry's had his flaws defensively, on account of slightness of build, on account of lapsing attention when hidden on bigger players who only create offense off the ball. He's also a smart player with quick hands, qualities that rarely get mentioned in assessments of his overall defensive performance. I would argue Curry was a slightly worse-than-neutral defender last season, as indicated by his slightly worse-than-neutral real plus-minus.
"Could Curry's defense tilt toward great?
"'He's really taken it upon himself,' Golden State's defensive guru Ron Adams said. 'I give all the credit to him as a top-flight performer of internalizing stuff defensively that has made him better and has made his team a lot better.'"
"Adams, once Tom Thibodeau's top assistant in Chicago, is the guy Curry credits for recent defensive improvement. 'Coach Ron Adams has been on me, watching film, and it's all about positioning, effort and having that focus every possession,' he said. That quote in and of itself represents a culture shift, not because Curry's talking about defense, but because he's giving a shoutout to an assistant coach. Last seasons' coaching situation was so poisoned with with insecurity that players were wary of publicly validating Jackson's assistants."
The 26-year-old Curry has averaged 20.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 346 career regular-season games for the Golden State Warriors, per ESPN stats.
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