Los Angeles Lakers forward-guard Kobe Bryant was for a long time one of the toughest players to guard in the NBA as you might have guessed by his 33,305 career points, which rank third all-time. The Black Mamba once dropped 81 points in a single game and 62 points in three quarters, so he knows a thing or two about being tough to guard.
After Monday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Bryant was asked who the toughest player to guard in the NBA is right now:
Who’s the toughest NBA player to guard right now? Kobe: “It has to be Steph Curry. Has to be.” Moves so well w/o the ball, great in isos.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) February 23, 2016
Stephen Curry, the 6’3″, 190-pound point guard from the Golden State Warriors, doesn’t look all that tough to guard, but looks can be deceiving. At 29.8 points per game, Curry leads the NBA in scoring, and his 260 made 3-pointers are 88 more than the next closest player. In addition to being an elite shooter, Curry also possesses top-notch ball-handling abilities and quickness on the court that allows him beat defenders off the dribble.
No disrespect to LeBron James and Kevin Durant, but Curry is playing out of his mind right now and is the clear choice for toughest player to guard in the NBA.