October 21, 2021, was a good day for Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. Not only did he join Michael Jordan on the top 75 players in NBA history list, but he also scored 45 points against the Los Angeles Clippers to lead the Warriors to a two-point win at home.
Jordan and Curry, who sat down for an interview at the 2021 Ryder Cup to talk about golf, may be linked quite a few times during the 2021-22 season. MJ’s Charlotte Hornets face Curry’s Warriors twice, and His Airness may watch the Baby-Faced Assassin break one of his NBA records.
Stephen Curry has third-most 45-point games by a player at age 33 or older, trailing Michael Jordan and Bernard King
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Curry has the third-most 45-point games by a player at age 33 or older. He trails Jordan and Bernard King.
Curry led the NBA in scoring in 2020-21. He could do it again this season since Klay Thompson is still out with an Achilles tear. Records are meant to be broken, so don’t be surprised if the Warriors superstar has more 45-point games this season and eventually passes King and Jordan, two legends who combined to win 11 scoring titles.
A two-time champion and two-time MVP, Curry turns 34 on March 14, 2022. While he is the greatest shooter in NBA history and will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day, it’s going to be tough for him to match what Jordan did during the season he started 33 and turned 34.
Michael Jordan was unworldly in 1996-97
During the 1996-97 season, Jordan played in all 82 games for the Bulls at the age of 33 and 34. He averaged 29.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists while shooting 48.6% from the field and 83.3% from the free-throw line and won his ninth scoring title.
During the 1997 playoffs, Jordan put up 31.1 points per game against the Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, and Utah Jazz. The Bulls defeated the Jazz in six games in the Finals, with Superman winning his fifth Finals MVP.
Although Curry and the Warriors have started the 2021-22 season 2-0, it’s doubtful they’ll win the championship like Jordan and the Bulls did in 1996-97. It’s unknown when Thompson will return to the lineup or how effective he’ll be since he’s coming back from two serious injuries. The Dubs should make the playoffs thanks to Curry’s brilliance, but don’t count on them to win the whole thing unless they trade for another star.
Jordan finished his career with six championships and six Finals MVPs. Curry is three titles and six Finals MVPs away from tying the Bulls icon. Barring something unforeseen occurring, it’s doubtful Steph will catch Black Jesus.
However, NBA fans should still watch Warriors games and appreciate Curry’s greatness since we may never see another player like him.
Stephen Curry makes his rivals look foolish
During the Warriors-Clippers game, Paul George challenged Curry to hit a deep 3-pointer, and that was a foolish thing to do. With Golden State down 107-105, Curry hit a shot from the Warriors’ half-court logo, sending the Chase Center crowd into a frenzy.
Jordan scared his opponents with his dunking and scoring skills, while Curry strikes fear with his shooting ability. It’s been fascinating to watch the Davidson product dominate the NBA despite being a small guard. He’ll eventually pass Ray Allen on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made list, a feat that should be celebrated across the league.
And who knows, maybe he’ll break the record against Jordan and the Hornets.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference