Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is generally acknowledged as the best shooter in the NBA. Mark Jackson hasn’t played in an NBA game in almost 10 years and was known for many fine attributes as a player—shooting was not one of them.
So the idea of Jackson, who will be 49 years old on April 1, outshooting Curry, the NBA’s single-season record-holder for most 3-pointers in a season, is almost laughable.
Curry is a career 43.9 percent shooter from behind the arc and this season’s 41.6 percent mark is the worst of his five-year career.
Jackson was a career 33.2 percent shooter from behind the arc who topped Curry’s career-worst 41.6 percent mark once in his 17-year NBA career (43 percent with the Indiana Pacers in 1995-96). Understanding that Jackson played in an entirely different era, he still never had more than 240 long-range attempts in a season—Curry made 272 3-pointers last season and is on pace for 264 in 2013-14.
The conclusion: On any given day, anything can happen, I suppose:
The Larry Bird-esque walkoff on the last shot by Jackson was just the coup de grace for me. Well played, Coach … well played, indeed.