Saturday, March 27, 2010
Rookie Curry reminds Carlisle of Hardaway
By Tim MacMahon
OAKLAND -- The Warriors are trying to promote guard Stephen Curry as a Rookie of the Year candidate.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle certainly thinks Curry, who ranks second among rookies in scoring (16.5) and assists (5.6), belongs in the conversation. Carlisle compared Curry to a great ex-Golden State guard.
"He's got some Tim Hardaway in him," Carlisle said. "He has a different body type, but he can score and make plays. He has unlimited shooting range, gets the ball in the paint. He's very underrated as a playmaker and a ballhandler. I also think his basketball IQ is underrated and extremely high."
Curry is coming off a 30-point, 11-assist performance in a win over Memphis. It was his fifth 30-point, 10-assist performance this season, all of which have come since Feb. 10.
Oscar Robertson is the only rookie with more 30-point, 10-assist performances. Michael Jordan also had five.
If Curry is in that kind of exclusive company, he ought to at least be considered along with Sacramento's Tyreke Evans and Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings as Rookie of the Year candidates.