Let’s just say some around the league don’t love Warriors’ superstar guard Stephen Curry’s defense, and Patrick Beverley is one of them.
It’s a stretch to say Stephen Curry is a liability on defense. He may not be the best defensive guard in the NBA, and he may not be the one to take on the bulk of the tougher defensive assignments. But, make no mistake, he’s not a liability.
Even if he was, Curry’s offensive dominance is just too great to leave him off the court.
He’s a two-time MVP and the league’s only unanimous MVP. At the end of the day, he’ll end up as the best three-point shooter in league history as well. He should never have a problem saying on the court due to his sheer ability to dominate offensively.
Since his entrance into the league in 2009, Curry’s size and agility have oftentimes been picked on by either bigger or shiftier players, one reason he is, at times, considered a liability. However, there’s not a player in the league that can contain LeBron James or Kyrie Irving.
That said, Patrick Beverley, in the midst of Twitter going to war over who would win between the Warriors and Bulls, decided it was an appropriate time to take a shot at Curry. Maybe Beverley should check last offseason’s numbers from the playoffs.
In their six-game series, Curry averaged 25 points and four threes per game, shooting 50% on his field goal as well. It may be best in the future for Beverley to square up with Steph, who led the league in steals during the 2015-2016 season.
That being said, this isn’t the first time the Warriors’ superstar has been called out for defense. Maverick Carter, a man behind LeBron James’ empire, also called out Curry over his defense. It’s a trend, and it’s one that has some barring but truly not much.
Curry is a three-time champion and two-time MVP. He, for a short time, was the best player in the world, and the NBA community needs to act like it.