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    Wednesday, 12 July 2017

    Jerry Stackhouse claims G League player Brady Heslip is a better shooter than Steph Curry

    Steph Curry
    Even if Stephen Curry retired tomorrow, the Golden State Warriors' sharpshooter would still go down as one of the greatest shooters ever to step foot on an NBA court.
    He made an NBA-record 402 three-point shots during the 2015-16 season and followed it up with 324 threes last season - the only two times an NBA player has made more than 300 three-pointers in a single year.
    However, one G League (the former D-League) coach thinks there's a better shooter out there and that said player suits up for his squad.
    On Zach Lowe's "Lowe Post" podcast, former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse, who coaches Raptors 905 - the G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors - said he thinks one of his players is an even better shooter than Curry (via Yahoo! Sports):
    Stackhouse: “I get a Brady Heslip, who I think is probably one of, if not the best shooter in the world.”
    Lowe: “Wow! Better than Steph Curry?”
    Stackhouse: “I put him to the test with Steph Curry any day. He’s that good of a shooter.”
    Obviously, that's a ridiculously bold claim that will be hard to prove, as Heslip has yet to even play a game in the NBA.
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    Heslip is an undeniably great shooter, but there's a difference between knocking down shots in practice when there's no pressure and often no defense and hitting the same shots in an actual NBA game with your teammates counting on you and players flying at you when you shoot.
    Heslip, a former Baylor standout, did make an impressive 46.5 percent of his three-point attempts during his senior season with the Bears in 2013-14, but the fact that he has yet to suit up in a regular-season NBA game is a huge knock on his shooting credentials.
    After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, Heslip signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, playing in a few D-League games for them before signing with a pro team in Bosnia. He then rejoined the T-Wolves for the 2015 Summer League before playing in Italy.
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    The former Baylor star then signed with the Raptors in 2016 and has been with Toronto 905 ever since. Curry, meanwhile, has a pair of MVP awards and two NBA championship rings under his belt and is well on his way toward becoming the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history. 
    Heslip may indeed be a great shooter, but he has an incredibly long way to go before Stackhouse's claims can be seen as anywhere close to being true. Perhaps he'll get his first chance to show what he can do at the NBA level this fall.

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