After the Golden State Warriors' 120-117 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, where Stephen Curry scored 28 points, teammate Andre Iguodala told reporters that he believes Curry is at this point "underrated" and should be considered the second-best point guard in NBA history.
"I still think he doesn't really get the respect he deserves," Iguodala said, via ESPN's Nick Friedell. "Guys think he uses a lot of screens and guys think they can draw mismatches with him defensively, but he's a real problem.
"I think I told [Kevin Durant], he said he missed me on the shot he took, and I said, 'Y'all two are like Michael Jordan, there's no such thing as a bad shot.' That's for real, and people don't understand the presence they bring to the court. Especially on the offensive end."
Iguodala went on to say that Magic Johnson is the best point guard of all time and despite all of his achievements Curry may never get the full respect he deserves in that conversation.
"It is what it is sometimes. But when you sit down and have serious conversations, that's when you - he's the second-best point guard ever - you argue that."
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Draymond Green echoed Iguodala's "underrated" comments, touching on Curry's influence on the dramatic shift in playing style in the NBA and basketball as a whole.
"Most important is [his] impact on the game of basketball," Green said.
"Magic was great obviously, but it's also two completely different types of point guards," Green said. "I don't think Steph is close to being the type of point guard as Magic - at the type of point guard Magic was. And vice versa."
Johnson won five rings during his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning Finals MVP on three occasions.
Curry currently has three NBA titles to his name and two MVP trophies, holding the honour of being the first unanimous regular-season MVP in NBA history. This season, Curry is averaging 28.4 points per game, 5.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds on 48% shooting from the field and & 43.5% from three.
The Warriors currently sit first in the Western Conference standings, two games in front of the Denver Nuggets.