Stephen Curry jokes he doesn’t play defense ‘half the time’
Paul and Curry’s conversation began by the two friends talking about Curry’s insane crossover on Paul back in 2015.
The Warriors legend then admitted the truth about his defensive prowess, or lack thereof it:
Just gonna go ahead and save this for the future… pic.twitter.com/7cYP3QBHRa
— Tony Clements (@TonyClementsTC) April 6, 2020
When you’re the greatest shooter in NBA history and can hide on defense since the Warriors have Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as its elite defenders, you’re able to get away with a lack of defensive intensity.
The Warriors prefer when Curry saves his energy for offense. However, some teams go out of their way to make sure Curry is in the pick-and-roll so they can take advantage of the Warriors star’s small frame.
Jabari Parker once said they don’t really pay NBA players to play defense anymore. The league is trending to offense, offense and more offense.
Chris Paul is one of the better defenders at the point guard spot. Even CP3, though, gets embarrassed on defense despite his love for playing it. At the end of the day, whether you’re a poor defender like Curry or a great one like Paul, odds are you are going to get crossed over a few times.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19, Curry was averaging 20.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists for the Warriors in just five games. He was shooting 40.2 percent from the field, 24.5 percent from beyond the arc and 100.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Warriors, after going to five straight NBA Finals, had the worst record in the league.