Personally, I do not think it is time yet. Curry has only won one title, however, he already holds the top three records for regular season three-pointers made, including a record this current season which is not over yet. There’s no denying Curry is a fantastic shooter, and I’m bold enough to say that he’s the greatest shooter to ever touch a basketball. The way he is able to get the ball out of his hands at such a quick rate, consistently, is something to marvel over. I just don’t think that it’s that difficult to stop him from overtaking a game. When it comes to screens, don’t go under and teammates get more efficient at calling them out. Don’t allow him to run freely on the court. It is hard to compare him to other shooters. Especially from different decades of the game.
A lot of the older players never had the three-point line and even when they did, the game was still focused around the big man and revolved around the centers. A lot of coaches think that way still. Spurs head coach Greg Popovich absolutely hates the three-point line and is on record expressing his distaste for it. As good and as polarizing as Stephen Curry is, there is still something to understand– he can take as many three-point shots as he wants, but he has still yet to have the second 100-point game and match Wilt Chamberlain‘s performance (note there was no three-point line at the time) or even Kobe’s 81 point game where he shot 46 shots from the field (only 13 of which were threes).
There are so few players that we can look at to be considered an All-time great. Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant are All-time greats. LeBron James will go down as an All-time great when he retires. Do I think Stephen Curry will become an All-time great? Of course! As long as he continues achieving the same success on the court . There is still a part of me that thinks this is an elongated “Linsanity” or the equivalent to what happened with the buzz that surrounded Jimmer Fredette. To be honest, it may be all of the media attention that surrounds Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. We saw the same thing with LeBron and the Cavs before he left and even with the Heat when he “took his talents to South Beach”. There were Hall of Famers even at those times saying that LeBron should not be considered an “All-time” great just yet. As time progresses I think the conversation will go a different direction for Curry, but as for right now, I want to see where he is and how his game evolves in after five more seasons in the league.