Mark Jackson sugarcoats nothing, but the Warriors' coach is a bit premature with his latest boast.
Jackson said his duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson is "the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game."
Heck, Curry and Thompson aren't even the best shooting duo in state history.
Jackson should dig out his history books, because he forgot about the Lakers' Hall of Fame duo of Jerry West and Gail Goodrich.
"I'm happy Mark said that," West, now a Warriors executive, told the media last week. "They're great shooters, but I want them to become the greatest backcourt that ever played."
If they continue to improve, Curry and Thompson can spice the argument a bit. They sizzled in the 131-117 Game 2 victory at Denver, scoring on jumpers from all over the court. They combined for 51 points on 21 of 34 shooting, including 9 of 16 three-point attempts.
Curry, in his fourth season, set the NBA season mark for most three-pointers with 272. And Steve Kerr, the league's all-time three-point shooting efficiency leader at 45.4 percent, recently said Curry is the best shooter he's ever seen.
High school basketball fans in Sacramento might remember the show Thompson put on at Arco Arena in 2008.
He set a CIF state championship game record with seven three-pointers and scored 37 points to lead Santa Margarita to a 72-55 victory over Sacramento High.
Curry and Thompson are playing great, but the best duo ever?
Give it time.
What is the best-shooting backcourt duo in NBA history?
Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson, Warriors
Gail Goodrich/Jerry West, Lakers
Walt Frazier/Earl Monroe, Knicks
Magic Johnson/Byron Scott, Lakers
Nick Anderson/Dennis Scott, Magic
John Stockton/Jeff Hornacek, Jazz
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