Kobe Bryant says Stephen Curry toughest player to guard in NBA. Who else?

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Kevin Durant is close because he can score from three, from the post, and has a silky-smooth jumper. Russell Westbrook and his relentless play and athleticism can make the list. LeBron James, Damian Lillard, even maybe DeMarcus Cousins can be injected into the conversation.

But when you’re talking about the most difficult player to guard in the NBA right now, that list has to start and end with Stephen Curry. Don’t take my word for it, ask Kobe Bryant (which is what Baxter Holmes of ESPN did).

It’s pretty hard to argue this. Curry’s shooting range (you need to actively cover him at 28 feet), handles, ability to shoot off the bounce or catch-and-shoot, his court vision and his passing make him an insanely difficult cover. Much like Joe Montana in the West Coast offense, Curry is the perfect point guard for this up-tempo, small-ball era.

There was a day when Kobe headed that toughest to guard list. He’s a student of the game. He knows who tops the list now.