Stephen Curry is growing into an immaculate athlete. His sponsorship deals are growing, highlight reels increasing and fan base spreading. Curry also known as "Chef Curry" is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. Though he is an amazing shooter, it doesn't mean he can't get dominated down low, by more athletic and stronger guys. In this article I will discuss certain players that I project would beat Steph in a game of one-on-one basketball.
We all love Stephen Curry (or most us) because of his awesome play making abilities. That being said, the best players (in one-on-one) aren't necessarily the flashiest. For example, Yao Ming may school Curry in one-on-one, by simply taking it to the hoop and towering over him. Maybe Ming isn't the most athletic and cool player to watch, but he may in fact get the job done correctly. Steph has gotten to the top of the NBA, being the best at shooting. Without his three point shooting abilities, it could be argued that Steph would be basically nowhere. We're not discrediting Curry, but simply picking apart some of his flaws.
“I’m not the guy who’s afraid of failure. I like to take risks, take the big shot and all that," Stephen Curry.
So this quote pretty much defines who he is on the court. He's a risk taker, a shot taker, and an athletic guard. Curry puts his job on the line every night by taking these risks, but he drills shots, keeping him at the top of the NBA. The real question is, would these risks pay off for him if he wasn't surrounded by talent? We have seen throughout his playoff series with the Thunder, that Russell Westbrook is perfectly capable of giving Steph the business; of course that could be because Curry isn't 100% healthy right now. In either case it would be entertaining to find out how it would play out, which is why we present this article.
As always feel free to let us know if you agree or disagree with this list in the comments below. Here are 15 current NBA players who would beat Stephen Curry one on one.
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16 Klay Thompson
In my opinion, Klay Thompson is a better shooter than Stephen Curry. Is that a popular opinion? No, it is not because Curry shoots the ball much more than Klay, and Thompson gets way less looks at the basket.
I think Klay Thompson would be a good match for Stephen Curry, because of their similar playing styles. My prediction is Klay wins based on shooting, and wins nearly 21-16. This is a bold prediction and I stand by it.
15 Paul George
Paul George is a defensive beast, and offensive threat. The 6-foot-9 forward can drive the ball great, and could body Stephen Curry. Curry would drill his fair share of shots, but I'm confident George would overpower him in the paint. This would result in a tight game, in which George would eventually win.
Paul George made a swift comeback to the NBA after his brutal injury, and I applaud him for that. With this factor, I believe George would win in a tight game.
14 Andrew Wiggins
At 6-foot-8, Andrew Wiggins would beat Stephen Curry with height alone. Averaging 20.7 ppg this season, Wiggins had a good season. Though he wasn't a big rebounder at nearly 4.0 rpg, I think Wiggins would take it to the hole on Steph.
Wiggins may not be the best shooter, and he is going up against THE BEST, but he could battle this game out. He could get scrappy and rebound over Stephen and put the ball up. Curry isn't any crazy blocker or rebounder, so Wiggins would have an edge.
13 John Wall
I really like John Wall, in terms of athleticism, and driving abilities. He doesn't just jack shots like Stephen, he puts more effort into his looks at the basket. Wall is slightly taller than Curry, but it wouldn't be the "x" factor in the game. There really wouldn't be any factor here, just I think John Wall could have a fighting chance in one-on-one against a smaller Steph Curry. Wall would just be too athletic and powerful for Curry to handle.
12 Draymond Green
Sure Stephen Curry and Green cannot be compared due to the fact that they play different positions, but one-on-one is a whole different ball game. Green can shoot the ball nicely, but that is not how he would win this game. Green would use his size and power in the post, and down low over Curry. Draymond is a good defender, and could block Steph from making his usual three pointers. It's a good thing these two are on the same team.
11 LaMarcus Aldridge
Before I get a bunch of hate emails from Curry lovers, hear this out. Is there any reason an athletic big man wouldn't beat Stephen Curry in a one-on-one game? With more height, size, strength, and drive, why WOULDN'T Aldridge win? Maybe Curry would shoot over him or try to drive, but Aldridge could block him if he attempts to come into the paint.
I think Aldridge could inch out a victory the same way Draymond Green would.
10 Damian Lillard
Lillard had a breakout season averaging 25.1 ppg , and 6.5 apg. Lillard is one of the premier guards in the NBA, and an average rebounder. Lillard's play relies on his athleticism quite a bit, similar to Steph. Not only would Lillard drive and score on Curry, but he could shoot if left enough space. In fact he shot pretty okay this season from the ark, meaning that Steph would have to give him enough respect to open up lanes to the basket.
I say a 21-18 win by Damian.
9 Danilo Gallinari
Gallinari is no means on the same skill level on Stephen Curry, but in one-on-one he just might have a fighting chance. At nearly seven feet tall, Danilo would beat Curry with his towering height over him. He would make his fair share of shots, but drive primarily. He would also easily grab rebounds with his nearly foot height difference, which is essential in this formatted game.
I predict an overtime 24-22 game.
8 Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo is a very athletic guard who can dunk it home at a moment's notice, and I think he would tower over Curry and dunk it right in his face. He is not limited to these abilities, as he can score other ways too. His athleticism would enable him to be able to drive past Steph, or even pull up. Though shooting wouldn't be his best bet, he's also a pretty good defender. He'd definitely be able to hang in with Curry in a one-on-one.
7 Dwyane Wade
I love Dwyane Wade, I'll admit it. I've been a huge fan of him since he came into the NBA in 2003. He's a pure scorer, who could beat Stephen Curry with his intensity and drive. Though his career may be winding down, his days of dominating one-on-one games are not. Wade would school Curry, by using his driving abilities, which at this point are easily Hall of Fame worthy. Just imagine Wade in his prime; then it's not even a debate.
6 DeMar DeRozan
I think in a couple years DeRozan will be one of the five best players in the NBA. He's a pure scorer, and averaged 23.5 ppg this season. At 6-foot-7, he would school Steph under the hoop, around it, and on top. He would dunk over the little guy too, as there is no way that Steph is actually over six feet tall. I think this game would be a dominant performance by DeRozan. This matchup would have been an interesting final, had DeRozan's Raptors not been knocked off.
I predict a 21-15 game. Yes, it's bold, but it's my opinion.
5 James Harden
James Harden is known for his beard, but he is also known for his dominant and clutch performances. He averaged nearly 30 ppg this season, and was unstoppable. Though his team couldn't make it too far in the playoffs, I trust he would beat Chef. Harden would athletically dominate Curry, who is a short guard. He also rebounds well, and would drive it on Curry.
I think Harden would win 21-16.
4 Russell Westrbook
This would probably be the closest matchup on this list. Russell Westbrook is the most dynamic point guard in the league. This seems like perhaps the fairest matchup on this list, as both Curry and Westbrook are the same height. Westbrook attacks the rim better than any point guard in the league and would give Curry a lot of trouble in a one on one game. In all honesty, the results would be mixed between these two. On any day one would be able to beat the other. However Westbrook would undoubtedly win his fair share of games against Curry.
3 Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant or "KD" is not the best defensive player in the world, but offensively he is unstoppable. In one-on-one, I have no doubt that he would slam it home in Curry's face. He would also shoot right over him, and Curry would not be able to do much but watch. At a height way taller than Curry, KD would dominate Dell's sun. I think KD would destroy in the beginning, maybe get a little tired, then finish the game out strong. We'll go with a 21-15 score.
2 LeBron James
LeBron's supporting cast is no longer relevant here, as last year it was simply a better team winning when Curry's Warriors beat LeBron's Cavs. What is relevant, is LBJ's athleticism, height and finesse compared to Steph's. Curry will drill shots, but LeBron will rebound and drive on this guy every single time. Though Curry may be the darling of the NBA currently, James has dominated the league for over a decade. To be fair to Curry, nobody in the NBA would beat LeBron one on one.
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