During the 2005-06 NBA season, Kobe Bryant was a man possessed. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar was destroying the competition on a nightly basis as one of the most unstoppable offensive forces in the NBA. Bryant was determined to turn things around for the Lakers in hopes of hanging a few more championship banners at the Staples Center.
Bryant averaged a career-best 35.4 points per game during that season and scored a historic 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. Kobe was virtually unstoppable at the time and took his career to new heights as the most dominant player in the league.
On Friday, Robert Horry, former Lakers forward and teammate of Bryant, was asked an interesting question on SiriusXM NBA Radio. Horry was asked whether Stephen Curry is a more dangerous offensive player than Bryant was during his prime. The seven-time NBA champion went with the reigning NBA MVP over his old teammate, transcription via Hoopshype:
“Kobe in his prime really wasn’t that great of a three-point shooter. He was a drive, get-to-the-hole, dunk-on-you type of guy. Steph can drive and float you. He can shoot it from half court. You have to guard him at all times.”
The Golden State Warriors superstar is arguably the best player in the league today. The 27-year-old is torching opposing defenses on a nightly basis this season while leading a Warriors squad that could go down as one of the best teams in NBA history.
With Curry playing at an extremely high level at this stage in his career, the one-time NBA champion is already widely considered to be one of the NBA’s all-time greats. Curry currently leads the league in scoring with 29.8 points per game and appears to have his team on the right track once again.
The Warriors are the overwhelming favorite to win it all for a second straight year with Curry potentially locking up another MVP award if he can continue at this pace. Whether Curry is the more dangerous offensive player than Bryant was in his prime is debatable, but the sharpshooting guard is making a strong case during a potentially historic season for the Warriors.