Former NBA star Ray Allen believes that Golden State’s Stephen Curry isn’t just a great shooter, but a shooter in a league of his own.
“Based on what he’s done, I think he has to be—he’s on his way to being the best ever,” Allen said in an interview with the Slam Magazine.
Allen added that it is always hard to compare generations, but Curry definitely stands out.
“I’ve sat back and watched a lot, and listened to a lot of people talk. He’s creating a lane all of his own. People comparing him to me, to Reggie [Miller]. But I think Steph is in a category of his own,” Allen said.
“Just being able to have great handles the way he has with the ball, to be able to score at will by getting to the basket. Myself, Reggie Miller, Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson—we play a different game. We’re shooters. We come off screens, pindowns—Steph can do that, but he’s creating a different lane,” Allen explained.
Former NBA star went on to add that Curry brought up a new hybrid of a player into the league.
“Point guards haven’t been able to do what he’s been able to do, because he’s mixing that 2 guard-ish in there with having the great handles of a point guard,” he explained.
“When I broke the three-point record, they (Steph and Klay) watched that and it became something they said in their mind, this is what I want to do. Now, there are kids watching him, saying I want to work on these things, I want to be just like Steph,” Allen said.
Ray Allen spent 18 seasons in the NBA, establishing himself as one of the purest shooters in the league, as well as one of the better outside shooters. Allen played for Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.
A 10-time NBA All-Star, Allen appeared in total of 1300 NBA games (1149 started), averaging 18.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg in 35.6 mpg. Allen won two NBA titles, with Boston Celtics (2008) and Miami Heat (2013).
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