You might think of Steph Curry as a point guard.
After all, he's short, brings the ball up the court sometimes and appears on the far left of those nifty starting lineup graphics prior to tip-off with PG next to his name.
But in this age of run-and-gun positionless basketball, is Curry really a point guard? Not if you ask Gary Payton.
In fact, the nine-time NBA All-Star believes there only are two true point guards left in The Association.
"That's a question that is kind of difficult for old people," Payton told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock and Kerith Burke on the "Runnin' Plays Podcast" when asked about the best point guards in today's game. "You look at Stephen Curry. You put him as a point guard. He's not a point guard. He's a two-guard. You look at [Russell] Westbrook. He's not a point guard. He's a two-guard. You look at James Harden. He's not a point guard, he's a two-guard.
"To me, there are only two guards in this league that are true point guards. That's [Rajon] Rondo and Chris Paul.
"Now, Chris Paul has turned into a shooting guard more, but Rondo is a true point guard," Payton continued. "He looks first to get people off. He does his defense and he makes people better around him. Not, let me score 30. Not, let me shoot a jump shot first. He's not doing that ... If we name a lot of point guards that's right now in this NBA, they are not point guards."
At least Harden can finally be in the same category as Steph, right?
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While Steph might not be the prototypical point guard in the old-fashioned sense, there's no doubt he'll one day be enshrined in Springfield, Mass., as one of the greatest scoring guards in NBA history.
In any era, that's pretty, pretty good.
Why Gary Payton believes Warriors' Steph Curry isn't true point guard originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area