December 22, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) dribbles the ball against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter at ORACLE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Does Stephen Curry’s Game Have Flashes of Steve Nash?


Back in the Spring of 2009, DraftExpress.com projected Stephen Curry’s best-case player comparison to be Mike Bibby. Bibby, a former Sacramento Kings star, was a good NBA player, but nothing compared to one of his main competitors, long-time Phoenix Suns point guard and two-time MVP, Steve Nash.

After getting drafted seventh overall back in 2009 by the Warriors, Curry has quickly emerged to be more like Nash than Bibby. Curry has emerged as not just a shooter similar to Nash, but also a passer. Watch as the run-and-gun Suns run a high-tempo offense orchestrated by Nash–Missed shots become pull-up threes or layups.

Curry, much like Nash, orchestrates an up-tempo offense. Watch these highlights from this past postseason as Curry pushes the ball up the floor and sets up David Lee and Jarrett Jack.

Curry already is more of a prolific scorer than Nash. Nash the MVP of the league in 2005 and 2006 never averaged more than 19 points per game in either season. This past season Curry averaged 23.4 points per game, four more points than his 2010-11 average.

Nash in his prime, though, was a better passer than Curry.  Nash has averaged more than 10 assists seven times in his career.  Nash has averaged less than seven assists only five times in his career. Seven, the number of assists per game Curry has yet to eclipse.

Curry’s game overall has some elements of vintage Steve Nash. Both are elite spot up shooters but are more than just shooters. Both can penetrate off the dribble and create their own shot, but set up there opponents when the situation dictates it.

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