Stephen Curry is the best shooter in the world, and very likely the best shooter to ever play basketball, too. On Saturday, though, he wasn’t even the best shooter at Air Canada Centre. But fortunately for the Golden State Warriors superstar, the player who bested him in Toronto just happens to be his teammate.
In an electric final round performance, Klay Thompson beat his fellow Splash Brother and reigning contest champion by the score of 27-23 to win the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. The 6’7 marksman was rolling from the beginning when it mattered most, yet still needed some über-clutch shot-making on the final rack to dethrone Curry.
If not for some last-gasp heroics, by the way, Curry’s night would have been over before long before anyone anticipated. He struggled early in the first round before draining all five shots from the middle rack, but faltered immediately thereafter. If not for a pair of makes on his final two attempts, millions of Curry fans across the globe would have been sorely disappointed.
After Curry won the event last year in typically thrilling fashion, Golden State teammate Andre Iguodala took to social media with a scorching hot take: that Curry was merely the second best shooter of all-time. Why? Because Thompson was “number one” on his list.
And with the Three-Point Shootout trophy staying in the Splash Brother family, perhaps it’s time to consider that Iguodala knows something the vast majority of league followers still quite don’t.