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Stephen Curry says he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James (VIDEO)

Aug 12, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

If the question was who’s the better shooter between Stephen Curry and LeBron James, Curry would undoubtedly be the guy. He holds a career average of 44 percent from the three-point line compared to LeBron’s 34 percent.

Curry, however, believes his game goes beyond the three-point line (which it does, his assist rate has increased significantly each of the last three years) and that he’s a better offensive player than LeBron (which is questionable, the physical presence of James that allows him to score anywhere from the floor goes unmatched). Jump to the 4:12 mark to hear Curry’s remarks.

Granted, at the 1:02 mark, Curry said if he were to start a football team, he’d place LeBron at the tight end position with Curry being the quarterback.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    A better pure shooter? Yes, yes he is.

    A better overall offensive player? No, no he’s not.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Face it – Curry plays in the West, where every game is hotly contested. LeBron plays in the East, where nearly every game is EASY. Big difference. Curry is better than LeBron, but not as good as Durant.

      • bball242322 - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        terrible logic

      • 6thsense10 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Yes apkyletexas

        Because during the season Eastern conference teams never play western teams. Do you watch NBA games or just pick up things here and there?

      • dablakdrphil - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        But it’s not a “big difference”. East teams plays West teams just like West teams play East teams. You’re making it seem like all 82 games are played only in their respective conference which would make your logic very laughable

  2. antistratfordian - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Well I love the confidence, but Curry is kind of one dimensional – he has a hard time finishing closer to the rim.

    • money2long - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Nobody will ever confuse lebron for Hakeem. Being really strong helps.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        They might, LeBron shot 80% around the rim last year. When’s the last time The Dream did that?

        Shaq’s highest recorded FG% from 0-3 feet is .792 from 2000-01. LeBron shot .796 from 0-3 feet last season.

        He also made 116 threes at 38% and of the 166 guys who attempted at least 100 catch-and-shoot threes last season LeBron ranked 2nd in catch-and-shoot 3-point percentage only behind Kyle Korver.

        James actually bested Curry in catch and shoot three point percentage 48.8% to 47.9%.

        LeBron also average 1.54 points per shot last year whereas Curry averaged 1.35 points per shot.

        But, imo, LeBron is currently the greatest player to ever play the game, being completely unstoppable inside and outside. MJ can’t even match the type of numbers LeBron is putting up right now at the rim and from distance. No one in history can.

        So Curry ain’t got nothing on King James, obviously.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Basically, what LeBron is doing right now… it’s as if Wilt Chamberlain could shoot threes like Larry Bird. That’s what LeBron is doing right now. GOAT.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        You know LeBron leads the league in shooting percentage at the rim every single year, right? I’d be willing to bet he shoots a higher % than Hakeem did down low.

        We’ll never know exactly what his at-rim percentage is but Hakeem basically took all his shots down low and shot 51% overall for his career. LeBron shot 78% at the rim last year and has never shot lower than 71%.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Hakeem IS an all time great and a HOF.

        But, now for some facts.

        Hakeem Olajuwon’s career field goal percentage is only .512%

        No, Dwight Howard doesn’t compare to Hakeem as a player and I’m NOT a fan of baby Dwight at all, but Dwight’s career FG% right now is .579% to Hakeem’s .512%

        Shaq’s career FG% was .582%

        Will Perdue of the Bulls was .515% NO, Will Perdue can’t hold Hakeem’s jock, my point is that while Hakeem was GREAT overall, he didn’t have a high FG% for a big man.

        Bill Cartwright career .525% from the field. Again, can’t hold Hakeem’s jock strap overall.

        But Hakeem didn’t have a great field goal percentage is all.

        Also, the great Hakeem and all of his offensive moves that he leaned over the years, the turnaround and his great post moves gained with his experience in the league didn’t really much help him.

        How may I say that? Hakeem’s FG% his rookie season was .538%

        That was his HIGHEST FG% of his career, during his rookie season.

        Hakeem did not improve his shooting percentage from his rookie high water mark.

        All his experience and moves and yet he never shot as high from the field in his entire career as he did in his rookie season.

        Again, these are just his shooting numbers. He was more than just his field goal percentage I know.

        He was great from the free throw line for a big.

      • savvybynature - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        You guys saying Hakeem only took shots at the rim obviously never watched Hakeem.
        He had a decent mid-range game with both a hook shot and a jump shot, something that was pretty rare for a big man at that time. You guys are just rattling off numbers you read on some blog but know nothing of the players you are referencing.

      • moneyz2 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Lebron GOAT? LOL you’re funny..he only shot 36% from outside the paint. And his fg % is skewed for all the layups and cherry picking he does..(75% area under the rim)

  3. Bob Loblaw - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Did they legalize pot in California?

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    If you’re going to ask somebody a ridiculous question like that you should probably be prepared enough not to stumble over your own words immediately after.

  5. wilmyers09 - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    where are ur mvps curry oh thats right u arent a mvp player shut up

    • teamworkdoc - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Ahhh yes because being the MVP is the official designation for the better offensive player? I thought it was overall performance and particularly connected to your team winning! I must have misread that description!

      • thecorduroyman - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Then what scoring titles? Surely, if you are the best offensive player in the game you will be contending for some award. He’s not a better offensive player than Lebron James or Carmelo or durant.

      • blogsk3tball - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        Steve Nash doesn’t have any scoring titles, but he does have 2 MVP’s playing one side of the floor.

        IMO Nash is one the greatest shooters of all time, but doesn’t get the credit because of his IQ and playmaking.

        I’m not saying Curry is close to Nash offensively, but I could see how in ‘his’ head, he could make comparisons

  6. 88heatnation - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Lebron scores off post ups, perimeter, back cuts, lobs, midrange, putback dunks, drives. Just too many ways. Curry has that cute little floater, and the jumper that’s it really.

    • money2long - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      What separates lebron’s and Dwight’s post games?

  7. imakcds - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    LeBron has an obvious physical advantage size and strengthwise, giving him more weapons to rely on, BUT…
    Curry has impressed me immensely since the first time I saw him play, and it was his MIND that caught my attention. Seems like he’s totally cool, constantly making little subtle adjustments in order to get off a clean shot. I love this dude and the Warriors got a GREAT one.
    LeBron IS the most dominant player on the court today. His game IS more rounded than when he used to rely on putting his shoulder into your chest and just bulling his way to the hoop.
    But I’d rather watch Curry play.

    • money2long - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Can’t disagree. Lebron sells more tickets cuz he looks cooler and jumps higher.

  8. katra2logic - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Visions of grandeur… Give us a call when you have a few MVP trophies and a couple championships under your belt Mr Curry.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      the visions of grandeur part was correct…

      but simply having an MVP or a title does not, in and of itself, make one player a better offensive player than another.

    • cramsinned - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      How about a scoring title for a season.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM


        You asked me if a scoring title makes a player a better offensive player than another.

        Not in Melo’s case. Durant is a MUCH better offensive player than Melo even though Melo averaged more points two seasons ago than Durant.

        usually a scoring title will do it, but not always.

        there IS a difference between scoring a lot and being a great, efficient scorer.

        KD led the league 3 yrs in a row and then Melo won two yrs ago.

        check out how MANY more shots it took Melo to get those points than KD.

        The year Melo led the league in scoring (12/13 season), he took 22.2 shots a game to do that.

        Melo averaged 28.7 points a game on those 22.2 shots a game.

        KD “only” averaged 28.1 points a game that season, but he did so by only taking 17.7 shots a game.

        Had KD averaged even half a shot a game more, he would have scored more than Melo.

        Put it this way, Melo needed over 22 shots a game to get his 28 something points a game.

        In the 2011/12 season, Melo only averaged 18.6 shots a game and his scoring average was only 22.6 pts a game that year.

        Guess what? Melo’s 18.6 shots a game only got him 22.2 pts a game. Durant took less shots the season later, 17.7 shots a game and yet scored over 28 points a game.

        For Melo to score more than Durant requires that he shoots a LOT more than Durant.

        Melo isn’t a better offensive player than Durant regardless of whether he scores more or not. Melo is too inefficient to be a better offensive player than Durant.

        So no, a scoring title does NOT necessarily mean one is a better offensive player than another.

    • hehateme2 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Compliments of the Miami Heat.

  9. cramsinned - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Yep, it’s not always a better indicator of who’s a better offensive player, but for curry and lebron, it can be indicator since lebron won 1 scoring title and is almost always in the top 5 in scoring. I’m too lazy to check stats but I think Curry has yet to reach top 5 in terms of scoring average in one season.

  10. progress2011 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Luv Curry’s game. He is probably my favorite player to watch…….BUT, Pump Yo Brakes, Young Fella!

  11. saint1997 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    The success has got to this guys head, I remember when he used to be humble. Claims he’s a devout Christian, yet there seems to be some pretty strong pride going on there

  12. peralez2383 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Curry is a much better offensive player and anyone who disagrees is a nuthugger

    • nickjackalson - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:40 AM

      let me nut some huggs then..Curry´s frame doesn´t allow for just doesn´t…I want to win the series against a curry led team? have somebody body him up..he ain´t going to like it one bit with his 80 pound frame..hire Artest to step on him and all the aspirations go out the window..
      Sure he can hold himself shooting the rock..he´s probably the best volume shooter right now..and his playmaking abilities are underrated..

      But if someone really wanted to stop this kind you just play him hard and he´ll check out – Curry can´t take physicallity .. and he certainly can´t hand out none of that medicin himself..

  13. Lujah - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    Definitely backing curry up on this.

  14. arrondior - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Curry was having fun with the question. As soon as he says “It’s gotta be me right?” he laughs. Just having a good time. Amazed at the amount of people taking a shot at his comments.

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