The Greatest Shooting Backcourt In the History Of The Game? You’re Fucking High

Stephen Curry Klay Thompson

by Tommy Gimler

With their impressive 131-117 victory against the Nuggets last night, the Golden State Warriors became the first road team to win a game in Denver since the Washington Wizards on January 18th. Rightfully so, the mood in the Warriors’ locker room was rather jubilant, with a bunch of “fuck yeah’s” and slapping of the asses with towels, I assume. And apparently that mood of euphoria carried over to head coach Mark Jackson’s presser, where he made the claim that Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are “the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game.” Um, no fucking way.

Were Thompson and Curry great last night? Sure. They can tag team my sister after shooting 21 of 34 from the field (62%) and 9 of 16 (56%) beyond the arc. And there’s definitely something to be said about Curry’s record-breaking 272 made three-pointers this season. But does that make them the best backcourt shooting duo ever? Not yet.

For starters, Thompson has only been in the league for two years, and Curry has been with Golden State for just four seasons, including last year’s injury-plagued 26-game effort. Calling them the best shooting backcourt the game has ever seen would be the equivalent to calling Bryce Harper and Mike Trout the best outfielders in the history of Major League Baseball. Time will tell in both cases, but just like me while I was plowing a gymnast on my 29th birthday, it’s a bit premature.

Second, Thompson and Curry aren’t even the best shooting backcourt in terms of field goal percentage through two games in this year’s postseason. The Grizzlies’ Mike Conley and Tony Allen currently sport a combined field goal percentage of 55%, and Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford are shooting a combined 54% through two games. Meanwhile, Thompson and Curry are shooting a combined 52%. Although, it’s worth noting that Curry alone has attempted one more shot than Conley and Allen have combined.

Finally, after just two seasons, Thompson owns a career field goal percentage of 43%, including a 42.2% mark this year that was good for 19th amongst shooting guards. Meanwhile, Stephen Curry has compiled a career field goal percentage of 46.5%, but his 45.1% mark this year was by far the lowest of his career, and good for just 11th amongst point guards. Then again, that’s what happens when you’re chucking up 600 three-point attempts in just one season. Combined, the two have a career 45.3% field goal percentage (2,630 of 5,803 from the field).

Here’s just a short list of other backcourt duos who have eclipsed that mark over their much longer careers:

Magic Johnson and Byron Scott: 50%

John Paxson and Michael Jordan: 49.7%

Earl Monroe and Walt Fraizier: 47.6%

Terry Porter and Clyde Drexler: 46.8%

Gail Goodrich and Jerry West: 46.6%

Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas: 45.6%

And ironically…

Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller: 46.2%

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3 Responses to The Greatest Shooting Backcourt In the History Of The Game? You’re Fucking High

  1. Jesse says:

    FG% is the worst way of looking at shooting ability. Andris Biedrins was at one point a FG% beast in the NBA, so bringing up FG% in a debate about the best shooters in the NBA should almost never be done. The duo has already smashed the record for most 3′s in a season and Curry is already considered to be the best 3 point shooter ever by many and at the age of 25 none the less.

    • tgim says:

      We agree that FG% is a bad way to look at things if you’re including every position, but when it comes to guards, many of them are scoring the same way, and that’s shooting, whether it’s a layup or a twenty-footer. So, if we outline shooting percentages among just guards, then it’s fair. Is Curry an amazing shooter? Absolutely, and if he stays healthy, he could eventually go down as one of the greatest of all time. But to pair him up with Klay Thompson and say that together they are the best shooting backcourt in the history of the game is pretty ludicrous at this point of their careers. However, Jesse, you are the first person to comment in quite a while that has made sense without calling us queers, so we welcome further rebuttal to our posts.

  2. muktown says:

    Love the NBA Playoff talk….There is nothing in sports more interesting than round one of the NBA Playoffs.

    I cannot wait to watch Game 7 of the Finals. That is if the only other option is an Antique Roadshow rerun from Dubuque, Iowa, a Billy Mays infomercial (R.I.P.: glad you no longer have to worry about scratches in your car door, receding hairlines, or getting mustard stains out of your shirt), or a Cubs game.

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