UPDATE: The following article was written before Marcus Thompson II clarified that he was being sarcastic. Andre Iguodala was calling Steph Curry the second-greatest point guard ever, not the second-greatest player ever.
“He’s the second-best ever.” — Andre Iguodala— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) May 21, 2019
To be clear, Andre was calling Curry the second-best point guard ever. Which is why no one is surprised by another Curry playoff moment. https://t.co/GLLR9XaSxS
I was being sarcastic. I thought it was pretty obvious myself. He’s said it before. If he is calling Steph No. 2 ever, that’s THE story.— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) May 21, 2019
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has seen a lot of magical moments in his years as Steph Curry’s teammate. And, as a result, he thinks pretty highly of his point guard.
Check that. Really highly.
After the Warriors completed their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals - sans Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, and, for Game 4, Iguodala - the veteran wing spoke to The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II about Curry.
While discussing the Warriors series against the Memphis Grizzlies in 2015, Iguodala not only raved about Curry, but mentioned his standing among the game’s greats.
“I think he’s the second best ever,” Iguodala said. “I always thought that about him. I knew but other people didn’t know. So I wasn’t surprised when he took over that series. But I always gave Tony Allen credit. Playing against him made you understand the grind of how hard it is to win. It’s supposed to be hard. You’re supposed to have to find another way. It’s supposed to be uncomfortable. He just embraced that. Just ingrained that into his system and it’s been there ever since.”
“Second best ever.” Iguodala’s words, not mine. And if you’re wondering what he means by that - second best Warrior ever? second best point guard ever? second best shooter ever? - wonder no longer.
A reader asked the author for clarification in the comments, asking, “Second best what?” Thompson responded with, “Player. Behind Jordan.”
High praise. But every day it seems more and more warranted.