Appearing in a video for Vice Sports released Wednesday, the No. 4 overall pick said the two-time MVP has the NBA skill set least comparable to his.
"Player that I compare least to—probably Steph Curry," he said. "Just because, you know, he's known as a shooter. I'm not. He's small and unathletic."
Jackson's comments can be heard below, beginning at the 1:15 mark:
Jackson later would later explain what he meant by "unathletic:
At 6'3'', Curry may be small by NBA standards.
But as defenders who have been spun in circles over the past few years can attest, he's far from unathletic and much more than a conventional knockdown shooter.
Although Curry's become most well-known for his electric efficiency from beyond the arc—he's a 43.8 percent three-point shooter for his career and already ranks 10th on the league's all-time three-point field-goal leaderboard—his evolved dribble-drive game and savvy as a finisher have made him a wholly unique talent.
To that point, Curry is the only player who has shot better than 50 percent on two-point shots and 40 percent on three-point shots while averaging better than 20 points per game since the start of the 2009-10 season.
Curry has also parlayed his stellar lateral quickness into 1,028 steals since he debuted in 2009. During that span, Curry is tied with Monta Ellis and Chris Paul for the most seasons (seven) with at least 1.5 steals per game.
Jackson, who packs promise of his own as a potential two-way cornerstone for the Suns, will get his first look at Curry and the Warriors when Phoenix travels to Oracle Arena on Feb. 12.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.