Following Game 4 of the NBA Finals, NBA legend Paul Pierce delivered an out-of-the-box assessment.
While Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets is having a historically great postseason run, NBA legend Paul Pierce may have gone too far with his postgame comments following Game 4 of the Finals. After the Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat to take a 3-1 series lead, Pierce declared Murray the best point guard in the NBA:
This Tweet, of course, argues that Murray is better than Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry, a classic example of recency bias. While Murray’s achievements must be acknowledged, putting him above Curry as the league’s best point guard would be a stretch.
While his team was eliminated in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers, Curry finished the postseason averaging 30.5 points per game, 6.1 assists per game, and 5.2 rebounds per game, including a game-winning 50-point performance against the Sacramento Kings in the final seconds.
Murray is averaging 26.7 points per game, 7.1 assists per game, and 5.5 rebounds per game this season. While comparing numbers isn’t the best way to assess a player’s ability, it’s worth noting that Curry has matched and exceeded Murray’s output numerous times in the postseason, including last season when he won his first Finals MVP title.
While Murray has been great this postseason and deserves to be honored, Pierce’s selection of Murray over Curry demonstrates recency bias.