Steph Curry is a two-time NBA MVP, and the only unanimous winner in league history.
There are very few players who successfully slow the Warriors superstar down.
But former Golden State forward Andre Iguodala said something interesting this week on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.”
“I’ve seen this guy guard Steph Curry very well. Steph still scored, but it’s the best I’ve ever seen anybody guard Steph,” Iguodala declared. “And I’ve seen this guy guard KD (Kevin Durant).
“And when I saw him guard KD for 40 minutes, I said, ‘Whoa.’ But I already knew because we were teammates … Jrue Holiday.”
When the Warriors faced Holiday and the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the 2015 playoffs, Curry averaged 33.8 points and 7.3 assists, while shooting 45.3 percent overall and nearly 42 percent from deep.
And nobody ever will forget his 40-point performance in Game 3.
When Golden State faced Holiday and the Pelicans in the 2018 Western Conference semifinals, the three-time NBA champion returned for Game 2 after a five-week absence because of a sprained MCL in his left knee. He averaged 24.5 points over four games, while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from 3-point range.
So yes — “Steph still scored.”
But yours truly agrees with Iguodala that Holiday — who was named First-Team All-Defense in 2018 and Second-Team All-Defense in 2019 — is a monster on the defensive end.
“Jrue Holiday should have been Defensive Player of the Year two or three times,” the 2015 NBA Finals MVP said. “He should be a First-Team (All-Defense) player every single year. But he’ll never get that household-name credit.”
Furthermore, the timing of Iguodala’s comments is fitting because Holiday has been linked to the Dubs recently on multiple occasions.
The Athletic’s John Hollinger on Aug. 21 wrote about a hypothetical trade between the Warriors and Pelicans that would send Andrew Wiggins, Kevon Looney, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ top-three protected 2021 first-rounder to New Orleans, and bring Holiday and JJ Redick to Golden State.
And as ESPN’s Tim Bontemps wrote Thursday: “The most gettable name might wind up being New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, but he turned 30 in June and can hit free agency in 2021.”
We don’t expect Holiday to be rocking a Warriors uniform next season, but you never know.
It is very safe to assume the No. 17 overall pick from the 2009 draft would welcome the idea of not having to defend Steph anymore.
And watching Holiday, Steph and Klay Thompson share the court certainly would be a lot of fun.