Stephen Curry May Not Appreciate What Ja Morant’s Teammate Had to Say Following Grizzlies’ Win Over Nets: ‘I Think We Should Be Debating Whether He’s the Best Point Guard in the League’
Stephen Curry has undoubtedly been the best point guard in the NBA since the 2014-15 season. He’s won two regular-season MVPs and three championships and recently became the all-time leader in 3-pointers made. However, Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane believes it’s time for Ja Morant to enter the “best point guard in the league” discussion.
Although Curry and Morant respect one another, the former may not appreciate Bane’s comments about the latter after the Grizzlies defeated the Brooklyn Nets.
Desmond Bane on Ja Morant: “I think we should be debating whether he’s the best point guard in the league”
The Grizzlies destroyed the Nets by 14 points behind a spectacular game from Morant. The Murray State product put up 36 points, six rebounds, and eight assists and had a highlight dunk in traffic. Bane, who scored 29 points to help Memphis win its fifth straight game, thinks Morant should be in the conversation for best point guard in the NBA, a title Curry has owned for a while.
“People debate whether or not he should be an All-Star, but I think we should be debating whether he’s the best point guard in the league,” Bane said. “I don’t think it’s any question he’s an All-Star. The real conversation is, ‘Is he the best point guard in the league?’ He’s special.”
In the second play-in game last season, Morant and the Grizzlies defeated Curry and the Golden State Warriors to reach the 2021 playoffs. Both Memphis and Golden State will likely avoid the play-in tournament this season, as the Warriors have the best record in the league, and the Grizzlies are the No. 4 seed in the West.
However, the future battles between Curry and Morant could be must-see TV since Bane’s comment surely got back to the Davidson product.
Stephen Curry could take offense to Desmond Bane’s Ja Morant comment
The Warriors have missed the playoffs two years in a row after making five consecutive Finals. As a result, some of the young point guards in the league, such as Morant and Atlanta Hawks All-Star Trae Young, have received increased attention and praise.
However, Curry has reminded everyone that he’s still the top point guard in the world this season.
The sharpshooter is averaging 27.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists while shooting 42.7% from the field, 39.3% from beyond the arc, and 92.1% from the free-throw line. Curry is fourth in the NBA in points per game and first in 3-pointers made, so he could take offense to Bane’s Morant comment since he’s the floor general of the best team in the league.
Morant is having a stellar statistical season as well. He’s averaging 25.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists and shooting a career-high 40.4% from beyond the arc. However, it’s unfair to Curry to put Morant in the same boat as him. After all, the Grizzlies guard has zero MVPs and championships and is only in his third season. Meanwhile, Curry has been a superstar since the 2014-15 season and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down despite being 33.
He may not take everything personally as Michael Jordan did, but Curry could look to send a message to Bane, Morant, and the Grizzlies on Jan. 11, especially after what Bane said and what Memphis did to Golden State earlier in the season.
Stephen Curry and Warriors lost to Grizzlies on October 28
The Grizzlies handed the Warriors their first loss of the season on Oct. 28. Morant poured in 30 points to lead Memphis to the road win. Curry scored 36 points, but he only shot 11-of-29 from the floor.
The Warriors got revenge against the Grizzlies on Dec. 23, winning 113-104. Curry exploded for 46 points and hit eight 3-pointers, while Morant had 21 points and six assists. With the season series tied at 1-1, the next matchup between Golden State and Memphis, scheduled for Jan. 11, should be thrilling.
Curry’s legacy is already set in stone. He has nothing left to prove. However, all great players have tremendous pride and view themselves as the best. Don’t be surprised if Curry demolishes Morant and the Grizzlies on Jan. 11 after what Bane said.
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