Why Steph Curry is a 'System Quarterback' and Not an All-Time Great Player


Jason Smith: “Steph Curry has been on some kind of tear the past few weeks and he’s had a great season filling it up, but let’s have the REAL Steph Curry conversation. Steph Curry, as terrific as he is, is a ‘System Quarterback.’ He is succeeding in the system that Steve Kerr brought to the Warriors because there is a reason why he went from 23 points a game to 30 points a game when Steve Kerr showed up… If you want to continue with this Steph Curry ‘ALL-TIME GREAT’ stuff, TIMEOUT for a second. Steph Curry, if you want to say what he is, is the best volume three-point shooter I have ever seen. If you want to say he’s the best ‘shooter’ you’ve ever seen that’s okay too. THAT’S Steph Curry, and kind of who Steph Curry has ALWAYS been. He hasn’t gotten to the hoop enough like other players do who are considered the all-time greats… I’ve told you for a long time, HE’S A SYSTEM QUARTERBACK, and this year he has been able to take this to the extreme. Steph Curry is Damian Lillard. Do we talk about Damian Lillard as being an all-time great? They are the only two big-time scorers where over HALF of their shots are three’s. He’s had players around him and he’s had Steve Kerr bring that system in. This doesn’t diminish what he’s been able to accomplish, but the lofty standards that we put up for Steph Curry, you kind of have to step back and go ‘OK, what’s he REALLY doing??’ If he’s an ‘all-time great’, then why aren’t the Warriors better than .500?? Why were they terrible last year until he got hurt? Steph Curry is not a guy who can elevate his team… We’ve seen great players LIFT their teams, but we’ve found out about Steph Curry over the past year and a half, that Steph is a terrific player, but he really needs guys around him if that team is going to succeed. This was supposed to be ‘HIS’ year and you’re just barely at .500 and lucky if you make the play-in games for the playoffs. All-time greats don’t sit here and have their team under .500 when they’re still in their prime… He has a great reputation, he’s a fun superstar, and everybody loves him, but because he has this great reputation we kind of inflate how great he is. A lot of guys can score points, but if you can’t get your team to the playoffs this is the year where you go ‘well, maybe Steph did need ALL that help around him.’ (Full Audio Segment Above)

Despite ranking second in the NBA in points per game and averaging 39.9 points in the month of April, Jason Smith doubles down on his infamous take from 2017 proclaiming that Steph Curry is simply a ‘System Quarterback’ in Steve Kerr’s offense, and a volume three-point shooting specialist like Damian Lillard and Reggie Miller more than an all-time great.

Check out the audio above as Smith details why he thinks Golden State’s under-.500 record is an indictment on Steph’s greatness, and proving why Steph isn't the type of star player who can carry the heaviest load on the team when it comes to winning championships.

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