Here's the conversation:
Steph Curry: "Better offensive player — me or LeBron? That's the first time I've ever been asked that question. Um, Me. [Laughs.] It's gotta be, right?"
Dan Patrick: "I don't know. I assume you would think you're a pure shooter. He can score. You can, too, but I think — you know what? — the correct answer is probably: LeBron is a better scorer, but I think you're the better shooter. How's that?"
Curry: "I don't know. He obviously demands a lot of attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well."
Patrick [interrupting]: "What about just putting points up? What about points? What if I said, 'You go out and score as many as you want in a game and LeBron goes out' — who scores more?"
Curry: "I would like to say my shot would help in that situation. If I get a double team, I can hopefully shoot from farther out."
After Steph said this it was obviously a heated Twitter topic and I engaged in one such debate with Coach Nick of bballbreakdown.com:
I understand what Steph said about being better than LeBron offensively, in context he's a better ball handler and passer and shooter.— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) August 12, 2014
.@bballbreakdown This is not even an argument. LeBron shot close to 57% last season compared to Steph's 47% and has much more of an arsenal.— Clint Corey (@ClintCorey) August 12, 2014
@ClintCorey Steph has much more polished offensive moves than LeBron. His off the dribble attack is unreal.— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) August 12, 2014
.@bballbreakdown He also dribbles too much and can't get to the rim like LeBron. I guess it comes down to how you define offensive acumen.— Clint Corey (@ClintCorey) August 12, 2014
.@bballbreakdown No but it reflects the better decision maker and the person who'd rather make the smart play as opposed to the spectacular.— Clint Corey (@ClintCorey) August 12, 2014
It should be noted, that I agree with Coach Nick that off the dribble and one on one there is no one better in the league than Steph Curry other than Kevin Durant.
Still, I will take LeBron due to his ability to get to the rim, post up as well as his shooting 38% from 3 last season.
Who do you think is the better offensive player overall?
State your case in the comments section below.
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