A number of NBA greats have offered high praise for Stephen Curry during the Warriors' historic season, but it might be hard to top a recent compliment paid by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
When asked who his favorite player was in a Q&A session at St. Louis University Tuesday evening, the NBA's all-time leading scorer mentioned Thunder star Kevin Durant before settling on the reigning league MVP.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Kevin (Durant) ... but Stephen Curry ... Stephen is changing the game," Abdul-Jabbar said, according to DefPen.com.
The Hall of Famer is particularly impressed by Curry's aptitude from beyond the arc, as he played in an era where 3-pointers were either rare or nonexistent. The NBA introduced the line in 1979, midway through Abdul-Jabbar's storied career.
“Now (Curry) is making those kind of shots, and starting to change the game of basketball," he said.
While Curry and the Warriors have had their fair share of critics this season, recent comments from former NBA stars have reviewed them in a more positive light.
Since the All-Star break, Allen Iverson, Reggie Miller and Dennis Scott have all gotten behind Curry, and in the cases of Miller and Scott, defended him against the harsh words of fellow basketball retirees.
Curry has already broken his own record for most 3-pointers in a season twice, and still has an outside shot of reaching 400 threes before the playoffs come around. He is also the NBA's current scoring leader, averaging over 30 points per game.