Phil Jackson's Steph Curry player comparison is slightly out of left-field

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As Stephen Curry continues to re-write the NBA rulebook, this season's MVP in waiting is receiving praise from all corners of the league and beyond.

Over the weekend, for instance, with the Golden State Warriors star having broken his own three-point record before casually sinking a monster game-winning shot from beyond the arc, the great and the good of the NBA world took to social media to praise Curry.

But, whilst his peers were busy praising the Dubs point guard as a one-of-a-kind talent, Phil Jackson used the opportunity to compare Curry to one mid-'90s NBA talent. In true Zen Master style, it was slightly out of left-field.

Taking to social media, the New York Knicks president wrote:

"Never seen anything like SCurry? Remind you of Chris Jackson/ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who had a short but brilliant run in NBA?"

To many fans, it was a slightly obscure comparison considering the contrasting NBA fortunes of Curry and Adbul-Rauf (born Chris Jackson).

Curry, thanks in large part to his G.O.A.T. range, is on course for a second MVP award and is the consensus best player in the league as his Warriors team hunt down the Bulls' 72-10 season and a second straight NBA title.

Abdul-Rauf, the third overall pick of the 1990 draft, had a solid NBA career lasting eight seasons but never really hit the heights associated with Steph - finishing with a career average of 14.6 points.

Having said that, the former Nuggets, Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies man did share one characteristic with Curry - his shooting from beyond the arc.

Through his career, Abdul-Rauf shot almost 36-percent from three-point range at a time when the shot wasn't as prominent as it is today. Curry, meanwhile, is averaging 43-percent.

Abdul-Rauf was also known for his ability to create a deep shot off the dribble, a skill the Warriors star has made second nature in recent times.

No comparisons

Ultimately, however, Jackson may struggle to convince NBA fans of the comparison for one simple reason; the way Curry is playing right now puts him beyond comparison in many people's eyes.

You only have to glance over his season statistics - 30.7 ppg, 46.8-percent from three-point range, 51.5-percent field goal shooting - to appreciate the level the 27-year-old is playing at right now.

So long as his form continues, people will search for comparisons. For now, though, it might just be best to sit back and accept Steph Curry really is one-of-a-kind.

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