In a recent online debate about the greatest point guard in NBA history, Damian Lillard on Stephen Curry when asked, the guard of the Portland Trail Blazers made it clear that he doesn’t consider Steph Curry as the best of their generation.
During an appearance on Underdog Fantasy’s “It Is What It Is” podcast, Lillard expressed his belief that Magic Johnson, the legendary Los Angeles Lakers player, is the greatest point guard of all time.
Damian Lillard on Stephen Curry
Lillard did acknowledge that Curry’s role on the Golden State Warriors differs from the traditional point guard role. He sees Curry as more of a shooting guard due to his off-ball movement and Draymond Green’s role as a facilitator.
Interviewer: “You think Steph [Curry] is better than you?”
Damian Lillard: “I don’t think nobody is better than me when I get on the court.”
“You think you’re the best point guard in the NBA right now?”
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) September 19, 2023
Damian Lillard on Stephen Curry explained, “I think if Steph played in a offense like me, where it was required to have to have the ball more, we would get to see him do more point guard stuff,”
When asked if he thought Curry was better than him, Lillard responded confidently, “I don’t think nobody is better than me when I get on the court.” asserting himself as the best active point guard in the league.
Lillard went on to mention that Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Russell Westbrook are the best point guards he’s faced during his NBA career.
The debate initially ignited when Curry claimed himself as the best point guard in NBA history during a conversation with Gilbert Arenas. However, he also praised Magic Johnson for his remarkable accomplishments.
Lillard received support from Michael Jordan, who recently messaged ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, stating that Magic Johnson “is easily the best point guard of all time,” highlighting Magic’s five NBA titles and 138 career triple-doubles as evidence.
Stephen Curry has always been a subject of debate regarding his place in NBA history despite winning four championships, two MVP awards, and being one of the greatest three-point shooters in the league’s history.
Lillard, while acknowledging Curry’s greatness, emphasized his own competitive spirit, making it impossible for him to believe anyone is better than him when they step onto the court.
Lillard has had an impressive career, ranking sixth all-time in three-pointers made and achieving a career-high of 32.2 points per game in the last season, further solidifying his status as a top-tier player in the league.