Former All-Star Claims Stephen Curry Would Thrive in Any Era of the NBA

Published 09/22/2021, 9:19 AM EDT
May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


It’s without a doubt that Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter in NBA history at this point. His ability to drain outside shots has proven to be undisputed time and again.

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Former NBA All-star Kenyon Martin recently joined Gilbert Arenas on the latter’s show, ‘No Chill with Gilbert Arenas’ and praised Steph Curry’s play style.

May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kenyon Martin praises Stephen Curry

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When questioned whether any current NBA players could play in his era, Kenyon Martin mentioned LeBron James, Joel Embiid, and Stephen Curry. Martin emphasized these players could translate their skills easily to the physical era of basketball.

I think Steph Curry can play in any era. Like just small stature, but guys have come before him that were small in stature that got it done.”

He praised Curry’s unique playstyle, saying, “I think the way he plays because people look at him just to shoot, but he plays the game the right way. He plays the game the right way, like moves, passes it when they need to pass, shoots it when you need to. So I love watching him play – the way he plays the game.”

Host Gilbert Arenas expressed his agreement with Kenyon. He mentioned how older players over-emphasize the physical aspect of the sport and end up undermining the individual skill of a player. This would encourage committing fouls, which would be unsustainable in the longer run.

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Steph Curry’s upcoming season

The 33-year-old Curry dominated the NBA in scoring last season by averaging 32.0 points per game and shooting 42.1 percent from the three-point range. During a season marred by injuries and COVID-19 issues, he carried the Golden State Warriors solely on his back.

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Klay Thompson will return to the team this season, which is expected to make Curry’s workload lighter in the upcoming season. While this is the case, the former Davidson star will remain the Warriors’ focal point offensively. Rival teams will target him defensively to make his shots harder to pull off.

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The two-time NBA MVP has been selected for seven All-Star teams, made seven All-NBA appearances, and led the league in scoring twice.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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