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Stephen Curry says he, Klay Thompson would be best NBA Jam duo in NBA

Aug 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Stephen Curry is wrong.

I just had to start there. In an NBA Jam face-off of duos from current NBA teams, Curry and Klay Thompson would not win. They’d be good, maybe top four, but not win. I get he’s going to pick himself, but he’s wrong.

In a fun little Bleacher Report video segment Curry picked the Splash Brothers to beat LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in the NBA Jam face-off.

This is a pretty fun little game to play come summer. Here’s how I would rank the top five NBA Jam duos on current teams.

1. Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook
2. LeBron James/Kyrie Irving
3. Blake Griffin/Chris Paul
4. Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson
5. Derrick Rose/Joakim Noah

Dirk Nowtizki with Monta Ellis would be the sleeper there (because Nowitzki would be a force). But Durant and Westbrook would be unstoppable on offense — there would just be a loop of the announcer saying “He’s on fire” and “Boom-shakalaka!”

Hat tip to The Big Lead.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    There’s 9 great players on that NBA Jam top 5. Then there’s Klay Thompson.

    They’re going to regret not going all in for Kevin Love.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM


      I’m with you on this one too sir…

    • jonevans511 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Just out of curiosity you say that based on what? I get the fact that Love is a game changer, and literally any team would be improved if he joined them, but you also can’t discount the value of a pure shooter who plays better perimeter D than most guards in the league (for the record I used to sleep on Klay, but watched enough of his game to appreciate his value). With him and Steph you simply cannot ignore the perimeter for even a second, and Klay has one heck of a running floater if you try to defend him too close out by the 3-point line. Does that mean they don’t need solid bigs to help solidify the front court? Of course not, and I agree they should look to make some moves for depth, but personally I’m fine with them staying put and letting Love go elsewhere. If they regret it long term I’ll buy you a beer via paypal.

    • Lujah - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      The people saying “they’ll regret not getting love” are the people who do not watch warriors games. Those who do, don’t sleep on david lee nor yearn for a PF to shoot three’s.

  2. theripster30 - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Aldridge and Lillard would be just as good or better than three of those six teams you listed. I could probably say that about Howard and Harden too. Randolph and Gasol as well. Those three are for sure a better combo than Dirk and Monta Ellis.

    • misremembered72 - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      You don’t play NBA Jam with two big men who aren’t fast. You’ll get your pocket pick and thrown to the floor quick.

      I hateeeeee Harden and Howard but they might be the best one two for NBA Jams. On offense Harden would be chucking up threes and Howard would be jumping for alley oops.

      On defense you just need someone who can shot block to goal tend. Harden doesn’t even need to pretend to play defense

  3. montrealknowledge - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Wade and Bosh would be pretty hype too… Simply because with 2 minute quarters Wade’s knees could hold up.

  4. bringin1234 - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    NBA Jam allows for you to beat the hell out of the opponents…..soooo I don’t think many threes would go up.

  5. tomtravis76 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Lance and Big Al…

  6. timb12 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    That Durant/Westbrook team would stink. In NBA jam you need a rim protector and a shooter. Otherwise you’re giving up dunks and can’t get the easy 2’s when you need them. Old NBA jam, Skiles/Shaq was the team to beat!

  7. lazegowizfan95 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    John Wall and Bradley Beal are like 1000 times better a duo than Derrick Rose and Noah like really that’s not even a duo lol Wall and Beal are really still slept on that’s funny

  8. hurley711 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:43 PM


  9. divan22 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    All I know is I never lost with Tim Hardaway/Chris Mullin. Dominated with that duo.

    Hardaway was quick enough to avoid getting shoved around, and once you collapsed on his penetration Mullin was spotting up for an open 3. Impossible to stop.

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