Former NBA Champion Snubs Stephen Curry for Ja Morant in All-NBA Point Guard Chat: “I’m Building the Team to Win With Superstars”

Published 01/26/2022, 2:30 PM EST
Dec 23, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after a basket during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry remains one of the most valuable stars in the NBA. His achievements in the NBA have cemented his name into the All-Time greats of the league and have also brought him worldwide fame. He often receives plaudits from former NBA players, fans, and analysts of the game. A former NBA champion recently snubbed Curry for another young NBA star.

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Hosts of the ‘ALL THE SMOKE’ podcast asked former NBA star Kendrick Perkins to pick his best NBA starting five. Perkins shockingly left out Curry while picking his starting point guard for his team. Instead of Curry, he controversially picked Memphis Grizzlies star, Ja Morant, while mentioning the qualities that he would add to his championship-winning team.

Perkins said, “So I’m building the team to win with superstars. My point guard, I need somebody to be a threat at the basket. I’m going with Ja Morant. Yeah, my point guard, damn right.”

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He added, “I’m fu**king with it, I’m fu*king with it. So I am building my squad. I got Giannis at the five, Ja at the one.”

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Ja Morant started his NBA career in 2019. The Grizzlies picked Morant as their second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. His first season in the NBA wound up with him winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award and earning an NBA All-Rookie First Team honor.

Stephen Curry and his revolution of the point guard position

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The Golden State Warriors truly hit a jackpot when they drafted Curry as their seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Since then, Curry has revolutionized the point guard position.

He contributes massively to the Warriors’ offensive production and has broken three-point records since the outset of his NBA career.

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

He recently surpassed Ray Allen for most three-pointers made in the NBA. Rival defenders often fear the prospect of guarding Curry as he bypasses defenses easily with his rapid speed. He also performs the role of a playmaker for his team. Curry’s abilities have helped him to guide the Warriors to three NBA titles.

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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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