For a while now, the historical comparison for Stephen Curry has essentially been Steve Nash 2.0, made all the more fitting by Nash joining the Golden State Warriors in a consultant role.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News spoke with Nash to get his thoughts on Curry and the team as a whole, the most notable of which being the headline-making quote, “I think you’d be hard pressed to find a player more skilled than him in the history of the game.”
With many retired greats, they are hesitant to give credit to the stars of today, often noting that the old days were tougher or that current players still have more to prove before earning mention alongside the legends of past eras. At the very least they’ll side-step the question, but Nash does little of that, acknowledging that, while he and Curry aren’t stylistically identical, the reigning MVP has taken parts of Nash’s game and evolved them for the new era of the NBA.
Confirming what other observers have noticed when comparing the two, Nash said, “We’re seeing someone…I hate to put myself in this statement, but he’s taken what I did to another level. I mean, the ability to find openings, to shoot going right or left, off one leg, either side of the rim, with the range, the variety…he’s doing things I never did.”
Though Nash is retired now, his words of praise also show another similarity with Curry: they have both been excellent examples and ambassadors for the game.