Charles Barkley Destroys Current NBA Stars: “We Got a Bunch of Bums Who are not Stephen Curry Jacking Up Threes Every Single Night”

Published 12/17/2021, 9:00 AM EST
Dec 13, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Stephen Curry is undoubtedly the greatest shooter of all time. It is an undisputed fact that he has revolutionized the NBA. The sheer volume of three-point shots has approximately increased from 5 threes a game for a team to 25+ threes. This means that now single players attempt more threes in a game than entire teams did back in the 1990s and 2000s.

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Therefore, while the new generation might be more receptive to this change, some former players are not in support of this revolution of the NBA. It can’t be denied that the sheer volume and efficiency of Stephen Curry are unprecedented. However, since Curry is a role model to many of the new generation of NBA players, they try to shoot at the same volume as Curry.

In order to compete at the same level as Curry, they try to level with his efficiency even though their skill sets might differ completely from a shooter’s. This does not sit well with the NBA legend Charles Barkley.

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Charles Barkley is infuriated by how Stephen Curry changed the NBA

In his recent interview with Pat McAfee, Barkley revealed what he feels about the three-point revolution of the NBA. He said, “The biggest problem I have with, you know okay we got the greatest shooter we’ve ever seen Stephen Curry break the record the other night. The biggest problem we got now, we got a bunch of bums who are not Stephen Curry jacking up threes every single night.”

Dec 14, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a three-point basket breaking the career record for total three-pointers made during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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What should the NBA players infer from this?

While Barkley might be right about the increasing number of shooters in every team, his inference is a little rigid. Since it does result in the game becoming a little less physical but some exceptional hidden talents are also brought out. For example, Jonas Valanciunas led the league in three-point percentage at a point earlier this season.

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Valanciunas is now among the top five on the list, for a player who rarely shot from beyond the arc in his career – the talent this revolution has helped unearth is incredible.

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Therefore players should not hesitate from working on their three-pointers. However, they should also understand when it’s not working for them and they are not Curry. Some players do shoot an extremely inefficient number from beyond the arc as well. There is no doubt about that. However, players need to be smarter about their decisions to shoot from beyond the arc depending upon necessity.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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