Following Stephen Curry’s declaration that he was superior to Ervin “Magic” Johnson as the best point guard in NBA history, debates among NBA analysts, supporters, and former players broke out.
“Although greatest of anything is always a debate, I beg to differ on greatest point guard of all time,” Jordan texted Smith at 5:54 a.m. “Magic Johnson is easily the best point guard of all time. Steph Curry is very close but not in front of Magic. You must define point guard to really have a serious debate.”
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith concurred with Curry’s assertion on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, Michael Jordan—the all-time great whose remarks are far more influential than Smith’s—broke the news.
Curry has never had a huge admirer in Jordan. Jordan stated, “He’s a great player but not a Hall of Famer yet, though,” on “The Today Show” earlier this year.
It’s an absurd claim, that. Curry has been for the past five years or so a clear first-ballot Hall of Famer.
However, the second part of Jordan’s text message to Smith is exactly right.
What exactly is a point guard? Is it only about how well you organize an offense and include your teammates? If this is the case, Johnson easily defeats Curry in this area given he has five NBA titles to Curry’s four.
But as the modern NBA has developed, point guards are no longer the only ones who have to facilitate offense.