During his two-year stint with the Warriors, center JaVale McGee went 0-for-9 from 3-point range.
Despite those awful numbers, McGee is (jokingly) bitter that Steph Curry didn’t let him shoot more triples.
While chatting on Instagram Live on Friday, McGee made Curry play a game of Hangman.
The words Curry eventually spelled were “Ball Hog,” and McGee had a reason for it.
JaVale McGee had Steph Curry spell out BALL HOG in hangman 😭 pic.twitter.com/qNbMKoByGW
— Greydy J. Diaz (@GreydyDiaz) April 10, 2020
“Because you are a ball hog,” McGee said as he walked around his house. “You had a real shooter during those championships and you never gave me the ball to shoot threes. How about that?”
“Come on, I got like two lobs for you,” Curry responded.
McGee, now in his second season with the Lakers, did resurrect his career and win two titles while with Curry and the Warriors.
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Sorry JaVale, but when you have Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant — three of the best perimeter shooters ever — you’re not going to get many chances to shoot from deep.
We’re surprised McGee even got nine attempts.
Outside of the Bay Area, Steph Curry’s greatness seems to always be up for debate.
Whether it’s Jay Williams claiming (wrongly) that Curry isn’t one of the two best ball-handlers in the NBA or Michael Jordan absurdly stating the two-time NBA MVP isn’t a Hall of Famer yet, the shots from the older generation keep coming.
But one of Curry’s peers, Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, believes Curry is the best point guard in the NBA right now.
Then Tatum backed that up with some high praise for the only unanimous league MVP.
“Steph’s top 20 players of all time, bro,” Tatum said this week during an Instagram Live interview with Pep Stanciel, a basketball skills coach and consultant.
“Steph changed the game bro,” Tatum said. “They don’t want you to shot mid-range no more.”
Jayson Tatum says Steph Curry is the best PG in the NBA.
“Steph’s top 20 players of all time… Steph changed the game bro.” pic.twitter.com/rpS1FpBbPa
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) April 11, 2020
You will find no argument here. Considering Curry’s impact on how the game of basketball is played today, he has to be viewed as one of the greatest players in NBA history.
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The older generation might not be sold on Curry’s greatness, but the current generation definitely is. They’ve played against the three-time NBA champion. They know what’s up.
Clevleand.com’s Chris Fedor wrote in a mailbag this week that one source said Ball’s shot is “broken,” while another “questioned his care level on defense.”
Ball, 18, averaged 17 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists with the NBL’s Illawarra Hawks in Australia this season. He played just 12 games due to a foot injury, but the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball flashed enough potential to climb up draft charts.
The younger Ball shot just 37 percent from the field in the NBL, and NBC Sports Bay Area’s Logan Murdock wrote last week that Ball’s lackluster shot selection would make him a poor fit alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson next season. The Warriors’ defense also was a calling card during their half-decade in title contention, and adding Ball wouldn’t help Golden State return to those ways.
Many mock drafts, including NBC Sports California’s, projected the Warriors would select Georgia star Anthony Edwards if they landed the No. 1 overall pick. CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish projected Golden State would select Ball, and ESPN NBA draft analyst Mike Schmitz thinks Ball is the draft’s best player.
The Warriors had the NBA’s worst record (15-50) when the league suspended its season on March 12 after Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Golden State undoubtedly will have good odds of landing the No. 1 pick, but it’s not clear how the draft lottery is affected by the season’s suspension.
It’s possible Ball is off the board before the Warriors make their pick. Who Golden State picks if he isn’t will reveal whether or not general manager Bob Myers and his scouting department agree with Fedor’s sources.