Mark Jackson's 2013 Comment That Foretold The Future

They'd only been anointed "The Splash Brothers" for six months at the time — Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were Golden State's exciting, young, up-and-coming sharpshooting backcourt.  

Mark Jackson was the Warriors head coach in 2013, when Curry was in just his 4th season, and Thompson was in his 2nd. 

But Jackson already knew what he had in Steph and Klay. And he made a bold statement about it back then. 

"I said I got the greatest shooting backcourt that's ever played the game. Call my bluff." That's what Mark Jackson said about Klay Thompson & Steph Curry in 2013. 

Part of the enjoyment of Jackson's accurate prediction of the future, is looking at some of the takes in response to this ESPN tweet back then:

It was May, 2013. Curry had just registered his first 20+ points per game average of his career (22.9), and had broken the NBA record at that time for three-pointers in a season, shooting at a 45% clip (which was consistent with his first three seasons). Klay had shot it at just over 40% from behind the arc in his first two campaigns. 

But that was all Mark Jackson needed to see. 

And when asked about his comment six months later, he doubled-down.

Since then, The Splash Brothers have led Golden State to three NBA titles, and a dynasty throughout the second half of that decade (though Jackson had to view it from the broadcast booth, after Steve Kerr took over as coach in 2014).

This week, Curry officially became the greatest 3-point shooter of all-time, passing Ray Allen for most triples made in a career

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