The President has spoken.
Barack Obama, noted basketball fan and the man in charge of the United States, revealed to the world that Stephen Curry is now good enough to earn a certain superlative:
That begs the question: How long has Obama been watching basketball?
I don't mean that in a snarky, Curry-can't-be-the-best way, but rather in a literal sense. The President is 52 years old, so let's assume that he remembers watching great players from the last 42 years.
That puts us all the way back to 1972, a couple of years before the ABA-NBA merger, meaning Obama doesn't have any recollections of Jerry West. But Pete Maravich is fair game, and so too are Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.
Despite the myriad options, it's still Curry reigning supreme, and it's tough to argue with the man who calls the White House home. Not only did the Golden State Warriors superstar set the all-time record for made three-pointers in a single season during the 2012-13 campaign, but he also routinely does something none of the modern-day sharpshooting greats did.
He creates his own looks.
Miller and Allen ran around the court, looking for screens to open up space for them beyond the arc. Curry frees himself with his handles, though he also does a lot of off-ball work as well.
Obama isn't the only one who thinks this, though.
Earlier in the season, some guy named Kevin Durant said nearly the exact same thing:
People without quite as much fame are starting to come around as well. WagesofWins.com's Andreas Shepard, for example, ran a statistical analysis of Curry's three-point shooting and concluded the following:
Already Curry has had one of the top 25 three point shooting careers ever, and he’s only played a little over three seasons worth of games. Everyone ahead of him has played two to five times as many games! If Curry keeps up his current pace, he’ll be at the top of the leaderboard in about six more seasons. At this point, the only things that seem capable of stopping him are his balky ankles. As fans of the game, we should hope they hold up; it’s not often that you get the privilege of witnessing such a transcendent talent.
Transcendent is a nice way to describe his game.
After all, it's one of those words we use when making inter-era comparisons. Isn't that exactly what we're doing now?
Curry has been heating up heading into the All-Star break, and he'll enter the second half of the 2013-14 season leading the NBA in three-point makes and attempts while shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. Oh, and he's near the top of the leaderboard in assists per game while scoring 24.6 during the average contest.
The baby-faced assassin is one of the most complete offensive players in basketball, but that doesn't prevent him from simultaneously emerging as the best shooter the league has ever seen.