Dahntay Jones is an accomplished agitator. When he played for Duke, North Carolina fans used to call him “Tauntay” for his pugnacious nature.
Now at the fringes of a basketball career at 36, Jones says former Davidson star Stephen Curry – a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player – isn’t even a top-10 player in the league.
“I’ve got him on the outside, like 11, 12,” Jones said on a Barstool Sports podcast.
Curry is the centerpiece of a Golden State Warriors team that has won two of the past three championships. He is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. He recently signed a $201 million contract with the Warriors, and he makes tens of millions more from endorsements, particularly Under Armour.
And Jones? He has played two regular-season games over the past two seasons, both for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Those were late-season signings so that he could be on the bench during the playoffs. He has mostly bounced around the G-League the last few seasons.
Provocateur? Jones has no problem with that reputation.
“People get mad at me because I don’t declare him a top-10 player in the NBA, which is fine,” said Jones, who questions Curry’s defense.
Who does Jones see as superior to Curry? Definitely LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant. Then he lists (in no particular order) John Wall, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis.
I’m sure Curry is chuckling about this and can’t wait for a chance to light up Jones.
Except, based on recent history, Jones won’t be anywhere near an NBA roster until at least April. If that.
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