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Jamal Murray calls Stephen Curry the hardest player to guard in the NBA

It's no secret that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, a two-time MVP, three-time NBA champion and one-time scoring champion, is a tough matchup for opposing teams.

While his name may have been lost in the mix over the course of the 2019-20 season with him playing only five games for the last-place Warriors due to a variety of injuries, there's no denying that when he's healthy, he's nearly impossible to stop.

Just ask Denver Nuggets guard and Kitchener, Ontario native Jamal Murray.

In a recent interview on YouTube, sports reporter Ashley Nevel wanted to know who Murray thought was the toughest player to guard in the league. In a postseason where he shared the floor with LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell and Paul George, Curry was still the first player that came to his mind.

"Steph is really hard to guard," Murray said before giving his reasoning.

"One, because of his shot. Two, because you don't know what he's gonna do.

"You don't know if he's just gonna pull it, you don't know if he's just gonna end up going by you, (or) if he's gonna cross you over six times and then shoot and look away. You have absolutely no clue what he's gonna do."

Curry can get hot in a hurry and all he needs is a half-second of space to make a defender pay. Murray's speaking from experience as the unanimous MVP has given the Nuggets guard 30-plus points in four of their 10 career matchups.

In fact, in Murray's eighth game in the league back in 2016, he got a close look at what makes Curry special, as the prolific scorer went off for 33 points with seven 3s.

Murray is coming off of quite the scoring explosion himself, bursting onto the scene this past NBA playoffs with two 50-point games, leading the entire postseason in scoring by the time his team was eliminated in the Western Conference Finals. The efficient rate at which he was shooting and scoring had our NBA.com's Scott Rafferty questioning if the Nuggets have their own version of Curry.

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Murray answered a handful of other fun and entertaining questions throughout the interview, including a shoutout to two staples of basketball culture in Canada.

When asked about one player from the past that he wishes he could've played with, he answered quickly in saying "VC," former Toronto Raptors legend Vince Carter.

But after another moment of thought, he paid his respects to one of Canada Basketball's finest.

"I think it'd be fun to play with Steve (Nash).

"I'm a leader, but he's just a different type of leader. He's so well-respected from everybody, all around the world. He's got a certain type of attitude and vibe to him on the court. I think he'd be someone that'd be really fun to play with. We'd win a lot of games, as well."

You can watch the full interview between Murray and Nevel below:

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