‘This Guy Is a Starting Point Guard’: Former Warriors Coach Opens up on Watching Stephen Curry in College

Published 09/29/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
DENVER, CO – JANUARY 14: Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors drives as Will Barton (5) of the Denver Nuggets defends during the fourth quarter of Denver’s 114-104 win at Ball Arena on Thursday, January 14, 2021.(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry is one of the best players in the NBA. He has been pivotal in revolutionizing the game of basketball in the past decade. Curry has spent his entire career with Golden State Warriors and has helped them in ending their 40-year championship drought.

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The 33-year-old point guard was the NCAA scoring leader, the year he was drafted into the NBA. During the 2009 NBA Draft, Golden State Warriors picked him 7th overall. Curry had averaged 28.6 PPG, 5.6 APG, and 2.5 SPG in his last season with Davidson Wildcats.

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Curry was already a superstar during his junior season and everyone expected him to boss the NBA. Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson has recently opened up on watching Stephen Curry during his college days.

Mark Jackson opens up on watching Stephen Curry in college

Mark Jackson recently appeared in the show ‘Club Shay Shay‘. During the interview, he gave insights on coaching Stephen Curry and watching him in college.

He said, “I did a Duke-Davidson game where Steph Curry was at Davidson in his senior year in college. And I was last year in college and my partner says to me ‘I don’t think he’ll be a good NBA player’. ‘I don’t think he’s a point guard in NBA’.”

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“I looked at him and said Jeff Van Gundy by the way I’m not only in the name-dropper but he’s on record saying that like ‘no, this guy is a starting point guard’. Today he’s going to be a top-notch talent in the league. He’s special. And I watched him as a young kid because I played with his dad in Toronto with the Raptors.” Jackson told Shannon.”

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Stephen Curry was a star during his college days and won the SoCon Player of the Year twice. He quickly made his impact with the Warriors and made it to All-Rookie First Team. Curry developed under Mark Jackson and became one of the best shooters in the NBA. Jackson has had just one coaching stint, with Golden State.

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Mark Jackson was the head coach of Golden State Warriors for three seasons. After a disastrous first season, he helped the Warriors post a 47-35 record the next season. However, despite having a year left on his contract, the Warriors removed him and replaced him with Steve Kerr. Kerr’s Warriors won the NBA championship the following season.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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