Stephen Curry hit a record 400+ three-pointers last season but Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers feels sharpshooter J.J. Redick is the best shooter in the NBA.
Technically, Rivers is not far off since Redick led the league last season in 3-pt field goal percentage (min. 60 games) by sinking nearly 48 percent of his three pointers.
However, Curry, who shot a little over 45 percent from beyond the arc, made 5.1 threes out of 11.2 attempts as compared to Redick, who made 2.7 out of 5.6 attempted threes.
Rivers was speaking during Clippers’ preseason training camp when he declared that his team was ready for the Super Warriors, who got a lot stronger this summer with the addition of Kevin Durant.
“I think we have a superteam here. I mean, you look at Chris Paul, who’s been a first-team All-NBA, Blake Griffin, first-team, DeAndre Jordan, currently First-Team All-NBA.
“How many teams can currently say that? You’ve got the best 3-point shooter in the NBA (JJ Redick). You’ve got the Sixth Man of the Year (Jamal Crawford). Why this is not a superteam? What defines superteam?
Technically, Rivers didn’t claim that Curry isn’t as good as Redick. However, he did call Redick the best shooter.
Stephen Curry under pressure?
Curry, who won the previous two MVP awards, didn’t come through when it mattered during back-to-back NBA Finals.
In 2015, Andre Iguodala won the Finals MVP and Curry once again failed to deliver in the 2016 Finals, especially in Game 7 at the Oracle Arena.
Rivers feels that his Clippers are more than capable of upsetting the Warriors juggernaut.
“I think we can play with anybody, and we don’t feel like there’s a gap (with the Warriors). That’s all we have to prove, and I think everyone has to prove that.
“I know history very well in this league, and there’s been a lot of superteams put together, quote-unquote, superteams, and I know the history. I feel comfortable where we’re at,” added Rivers.
Meanwhile, Doc Rivers announced that the 2015-16 season would be his last as a head coach.
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors kick off their preseason in an away game against the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 1.