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You want your star player to have a good amount of confidence but Stephen Curry may want to give his confidence a bit of a heat check.

The following exchange happened between Steph and Dan Patrick on the Dan Patrick Show:

Patrick: Who’s the better offensive player, you or LeBron?

Curry: A better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question. Me.


Gotta be, right?

I don’t know. I’d assume you would think [that]. You’re a pure shooter. He can score, you can, too, but I think that, you know what, the correct answer is probably that LeBron is a better scorer but I think you’re the better shooter. How’s that?

Yeah, I don’t know. ‘Cause he obviously demands a lot of attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well.

It’s hard to back up Curry’s claim using traditional metrics even though the comparison isn’t as outlandish as one may think. Last year, LeBron averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game while Curry averaged 24 points, 4,3 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Those numbers may be hard to compare given that LeBron and Stephen did different things within their respective offenses but some advanced metrics also bear out the idea that LeBron is a better offensive weapon than Steph. LeBron has a higher true shooting percentage, and a higher win share percentage (surprisingly, Curry does have a higher defensive rating but that is more a symptom of the flaws surrounding defensive metrics).

For his part, Curry isn’t dwelling on what he said:

[For the Win]