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Steve Kerr names his choices for two best shooters off the dribble

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard and Golden State Warriors MVP Stephen Curry have common traits as NBA point guards coming into the league from small schools.

Both players love shooting from deep, chewing on their mouth pieces, and crossing over defenders. They wreak havoc on defenses when they put the ball on the floor, but can also shoot with the best in the league.

Lillard once quipped at the idea of coach Steve Kerr comparing the two as similar.

“I’m my own man, So don’t come to me and say I’m impersonating (Curry). You telling me I’m impersonating somebody by doing well at my job is disrespectful.”

Their games aren’t totally alike since Lillard is more adept at attacking the basket, and occasionally dunking over someone’s head, while Curry has primary tendencies to take long range three-pointers.

After Lillard averaged 31.8 points and 7.6 assists per game against the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals, Kerr couldn’t help but draw comparisons on how remarkable both players are, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

“They’re absolutely the two best shooters off the dribble in the league. With that kind of range, there’s nobody like them. They present a lot of problems, obviously, in terms of the way they stretch the floor and what that does to your defense.”

Lillard has never won an MVP award, but he has to play at that level for his team to have a chance. And Kerr, having a similar player on his team stretching defenses and creating space isn’t making the comparisons by mistake.

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