Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind.
And so after his team smacked the Denver Nuggets with a 14-point victory Tuesday night, Jackson wanted to make one thing clear about his dynamic backcourt (composed of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson), who shot lights out all night long (all season long, really).
“In my opinion, they’re the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of this game,” Jackson said.
Bold words from the second-year coach, but he may be on to something.
This season, Curry broke the single-season record for most three-pointers made, and he did so by raining in about 3.5 shots behind the arc per contest, while shooting at an unbelievable 45 percent.
Thompson on the other hand, made about 2.2 triples per game this season, with an amazing 40 percent success rate.
The duo also broke the NBA record for most three-pointers in a season by any two players.
So is Mark Jackson really that crazy after all? Absolutely not.
Curry and Thompson are considered two of the best shooters in the world, and there’s no doubt that they are up there in terms of best shooting backcourts of all time.
I believe that Curry is a better shooter than second-year man Thompson, mainly because of his ability to hit a plethora of different shots all across the court. Whether it’s a pull-up jumper, a transition 3-pointer, or a stepback jumper with a hand in his face, Curry will almost always knock it down.
Thompson is a great shooter in most situations, especially his catch-and-shoot game. However, the big advantage that Curry has over him is his ability to create his own shot, but that will all come in time for Thompson. For now, the Warriors should be happy that they have two knock-down shooters that they can rely on at any moment of the game.
The sharpshooting duo knocked down a combined 9-of-16 three-pointers on Tuesday night, and the Warriors as a team were able to shoot a whopping 64.6 percent for the game, which happened to be an NBA record. Coach Jackson and his squad picked up their first playoff win in nearly six years and they will be waiting for the Nuggets at Oracle Arena on Friday night ready to put up another fight, and another scoring barrage.
So what do you think about Coach Jackson’s comments? Smart? Risky? Or just plain dumb? Leave us a comment and let us know your opinion.