Thus far through their NBA careers, Steph Curry has gotten the better of Chris Paul.
In three head-to-head postseason matchups, Curry's Warriors have won two playoff series to Paul's one. Curry is a two-time NBA MVP, while Paul is still waiting for first. Curry owns three NBA championship rings. Paul has never made it to the NBA Finals.
So, yes, it would be easy to understand if Paul was bitter about the younger Curry's success. He might not have wanted to pass the torch of predominant NBA point guard, but it happened nonetheless.
Paul was traded from the Houston Rockets -- after they were eliminated by Curry and the Warriors -- to the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason, and he has done a tremendous job in leading OKC (36-22) to what is currently sixth place in the Western Conference. The Thunder have outperformed expectations thus far in what has been a feel-good season, and Paul arguably deserves the bulk of the credit for that.
Despite all those good feelings, however, it appears some of that bitterness still lingers. Paul was recently asked to build the ultimate point guard, taking attributes from different players, and he had one glaring omission that, frankly, seems intentional.
"I probably want [Derrick Rose]'s explosiveness," Paul told Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks on the newest episode of "Take it There." "And then you've got the different arms, so like one hand, probably Kyrie [Irving]'s finishes and all that. And then on the other hand, Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] nice with the finishes.
"Steve Nash was a really good shooter," he continued. "Russ [Westbrook] -- a great rebounder. [LeBron James] is always good at passing and all that different type of stuff. But I know my basketball IQ and awareness ... nobody watches more basketball than me."
All right. Some fair selections. No arguments there. But wait ...
"Probably [Deron Williams] or Baron Davis' build. Shooting also might be somebody like Gilbert Arenas."
Hold up ... What?!https://twitter.com/warriorsworld/status/1232832845887893504
Curry is the greatest shooter of all time. One could make the case for Nash as well, so his inclusion on Paul's list makes sense. But Arenas?
Currently in his 11th NBA season, Curry is a career 47.6-percent shooter from the field and 43.5-percent marksman from 3-point range. He will own every 3-point record by the time his career is over. Arenas, meanwhile, shot 42.1 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc over his 11-year NBA career, never once coming close to Curry's career effective field goal percentage (.581) in any single season.
Seeing Curry disrespected by NBA greats of past and present is nothing new. It's certainly possible that Paul simply forgot to include him, but based on history, that's awfully tough to believe.