Forgive Steve Kerr for thinking Rick Barry was the all-time scoring leader in Warriors’ franchise history.
In Tuesday night’s draining 111-107 loss to the Boston Celtics, Steph Curry put together a masterful 38-point, 11-rebound, eight-assist performance. In the process, he joined basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain as the second player to total at least 17,000 points in a Warriors jersey.
After hearing Curry was the second to reach the 17,000-point plateau, Kerr made his guess as to who was No. 1.
“I have no idea how many points he has to go to catch … I assume it’s Rick Barry?” Kerr said in a postgame video conference with reporters. “Oh, Wilt? Wilt Chamberlain? Oh, not a bad name. Steph’s just an incredible player. If you ask me, he’s the best Warrior of all time. That’s probably not going out on a limb.”
Chamberlain (17,783 points) is definitely within range for Curry (17,011 points) by season’s end. Kerr wasn’t so far off with his assumption, either, as Barry sits No. 3 on the list with 16,447 points with the Warriors.
The solo Splash Brother is averaging 28.2 points per game this season, which would put him on pace to surpass Chamberlain’s Warriors total in about 28 contests. Curry still has a ways to go to catch up with Chamberlain’s career total of 31,419 points, which ranks seventh on the league's all-time list. Despite being 32 in his 12th year in the league, Curry said he still feels like he's in his "mid-20s."
“It’s very humbling,” Curry said Tuesday. “Obviously, I have a lot more left in the tank and can hopefully add to that. I’ve been around for 12 years and done some great things. Anytime you’re in a conversation with Wilt, it’s pretty surreal on all fronts. A lot more to accomplish, hopefully to add to that.”
With five straight NBA Finals runs from 2015 to '19, three NBA championships and two NBA MVPs to his name, Curry’s case for Greatest Dub of All Time is secure.
He couldn’t have done it without Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant or Andre Iguodala, who will all likely have statues in front of Chase Center one day, but there’s no denying Curry’s all-time greatness at this point.