NBA veteran Charles Barkley does not believe that point guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors would have been able to compete against the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons in the late 1980s. Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, and Rick Mahorn were the “Bad Boy” Pistons’ captains.
In the “Bad Boy” era, the Pistons won two championships. They brutally beat up Chicago Bulls legends Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan to the point where they had to bulk up in order to withstand the blows.
The “Bad Boy” streak came to an end in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals as the Bulls swept the Pistons. In the 1990s, Jordan and Pippen shared six championships and two three-peats.
Curry is reported as weighing 185 pounds and has led the Warriors to four titles. Given that players outside the 3-point arc are more difficult to foul severely, he would undoubtedly be able to shoot against the Pistons. Curry may have found it difficult to drive to the paint and finish at the basket, though.
With the Warriors, Curry won four NBA championships, two regular-season MVP awards, one MVP of the Finals, two scoring titles, and one steals title. Nine NBA All-NBA teams and nine All-Star teams both included him. Curry has averaged 24.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.5 assists across his NBA career. In NBA history, he has made the most 3-pointers.
In the 2023 Western Conference Semifinal, the Warriors were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. In exchange for Chris Paul, they dealt Jordan Poole to the Washington Wizards this offseason. Next season, Golden State is anticipated to start Draymond Green, Paul, Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins.