On a recent podcast, a former NBA player stated that when he was the age of 25, he was a better basketball player than fan favorite and NBA champion, Stephen Curry when the Golden State Warriors guard was at 25 years of age.
On the I Am Athlete podcast, former NBA player, Gilbert Arenas, who played for several teams in the NBA, most notably, the Washington Wizards made a statement that some would call him crazy and disillusioned for saying. Yet, if you listen to his logic, it makes sense in the way he expressed the comparison.
Arenas feels that if you judge him and his career stats at the age of 25 versus the same time frame with Curry before he turned 25, he’d be considered the better player if you just relied on statistics alone.
While speaking to former NFL players, Chad Johnson, Brandon Marshall, and Channing Crowder, he was asked to compare himself to the top NBA players. When he did respond, he did so with the mindset that he really couldn’t because the careers of his peers weren’t on the same trajectory. He also got injured when he was 25, so he legitimately could say that his career could have been better if he played injury-free based on how he was playing pre-injury.
He was questioned about comparing his skills to other basketball players.
The former Wizards player feels it’s unfair to him and everyone else to try to make a comparison based on career stats, but he chose to look at it from when both players were in the league up to the age of 25.
“I got hurt at 25. So if you stop me at 25, Steph ain’t f**king with me. Cause you’ve got to stop him at 25. At 25, there are no three championships. There’s only a one-time All-Star. I’m a three-time All-Star and a three-time All-NBA player by the age of 25. So, there’s not a lot of us at that age. Allen Iverson was only two times by that age. There’s only a few players that are a three-time (All-Star) at that age.”
According to the San Francisco Examiner, Arenas may have a valid point if you just count their scoring averages.
At the age of 25, Curry averaged 24 points per game, while dishing out 8.5 assists per game, shooting 47.1% from the field and 42.4% from the three-point line.
Meanwhile, when Arenas hit the age of 25, he had averaged 28.4 points per game, which was his third straight season averaging 25 points or more, while having 6.0 assists, and shooting 41.8% from the field and 35.1% from the three.
They both had only one playoff series by the time they hit 25.
“If you stop me at 25, Steph Curry ain’t f––n’ wit me.” You don’t wanna miss this episode with Gilbert Arenas!
“If you stop me at 25, Steph Curry ain’t f––n’ wit me.”
You don’t wanna miss this episode with Gilbert Arenas! 🍿
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— I AM ATHLETE (@IAMATHLETEpod) April 17, 2023