Jason Smith: “Tonight is the 11th straight game that Steph Curry has scored over 30 points, but let’s not confuse a ‘fun’ player who gives you a lot of highlights, with a guy who is raising the level of his team. Do you know what their record is in these 11 games? 6-5. He has been absolutely huge but it doesn’t translate to wins and losses. He’s fun, he’s a human highlight reel, he’s a phenomenal shooter, and the best shooter I have seen in years, but is he raising the level of the Warriors? He’s NOT… The Warriors are going to be lucky if they make it into the play-in round. He’s kind of like Kobe at the end, where he would have big games once in a while, and Kobe wasn’t the player he used to be, but boy, was he still a show. That’s what Steph Curry is. He’s a 'SHOW' and it’s great, but it’s not like the Warriors are 9-2 during this stretch and racing through. I can’t give a guy the MVP when I don’t even know if he’s going to be in the top 8. I’m sorry the West is tough, but Steph Curry had no problems when he had a peaking Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant. He had no problems then but the true greats can do it themselves. You can raise the level but he’s not doing it. Luka Doncic has raised the level of Dallas basically all by himself. You say Steph ‘needs help’, but is he an ‘all-time great’ or does he need help’?? You can’t tell me one or the other, because LeBron got the Cavaliers to the Finals in the East many years when the second-best player was Anderson Varejao. Steph Curry is a SHOW. But it’s ‘highlights’ ,and how much substance is there to it when you’re 6-5 and barely .500? I enjoy it, it’s fun, and it’s fun to see him hit these shots; he’s a show but his impact is the standings is really not.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Jason Smith double-down on his ‘Steph Curry is a system quarterback’ take that he made last week, saying Curry might be the league’s most fun ‘show’ but is still not a guy who elevates his team or makes his 30-point games actually mean something in the win column.
Check out the segment above as Smith details why he doesn’t consider Curry an ‘all-time great.’
Check out Jason's 'Steph Curry is a System Quarterback' take from Thursday's show at the bottom of the page.