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Steve Kerr on Steph Curry: ‘That’s The Next Nash’

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was quick to promote his star player when reacting to Steve Nash’s retirement over the weekend. Kerr compared Curry’s craftiness, ball handling ability, vision and feel for the game to Nash’s.

It is definitely a strong comparison. Curry, like Nash, is far from the most athletic guard in the game, but his skill set and smarts has propelled him to superstar status in the league.

Curry reacted to Nash’s retirement on Twitter admitting that he emulated his game after the two-time MVP’s.


“It’s a fair comparison,” Kerr said during his pregame news conference. “I first saw it when I was in Phoenix and I scouted Steph when he was at Davidson. I think he was a sophomore.

“We walked away going, ‘That’s the next Nash.'”

“The way he played he affected an entire generation of players,” said Kerr, who was general manager in Phoenix when Nash played for the Suns. “Steve is also partly responsible for the wave of ball movement we’re seeing around the league.

“Steve is more than just an All-Star and a Hall of Famer, I think he’s helped change the game and inspire a lot of players. It’s pretty incredible what he’s accomplished.”

Kerr said Nash and Curry have similar skill sets but give those skills different priorities.

“The combination of the ballhandling, the shooting, anticipation, feel — very similar skill set,” Kerr said. “Very different approach, though. Steve was really a pass-first point guard, a reluctant shooter in some ways.

“Steph is just an assassin out there with his shot. He’s looking to shoot first and set the game up with his passing and moving the ball and creating offense for others.”

The last time Nash and Curry went at it, the Warriors came out on top as Curry finished with 25 points and 10 assists. Nash was still going strong back in 2013, finishing the game with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

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