Style Points: Stephen Curry Was a Boss in 8th Grade; Russell Westbrook Should Be the NBA’s MVP

  • Xavier Rathan-Mayes

    Florida State’s 6-4 freshman guard is having a strong first year with the ‘Noles, throwing up over 14 points and 4.4 assists per game. That includes a 35-point performance on the road against the then-14th-ranked Tar Heels. While that might’ve been his best game all year, Rathan-Mayes’ recent run at the end of a loss against Miami was surely the best 5-10 minute stretch of his career. This dude scored 30 points in basically five minutes, which is almost unheard of. I still don’t get how he did it.

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  • Kahlil Felder

    Another underclassman putting in work this year is this 5-9 sophomore at Oakland. Felder is tossing in close to 18 points and eight assists a night. But despite the numbers and talent, no one expected him to drop Youngstown State’s 6-10 forward Bobby Hain like this. Did the big fella trip on his own foot? He did. He did because Felder put the hex on him.

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  • Stephen Curry

    But as much as the three of the previous players on this list were cutting up the comp, an eighth grade Steph Curry was even filthier. Video has surfaced of Curry playing in what looks to be a pickup/exhibition game against his father, Dell Curry, and the lil’ man is putting in work.

    I’m getting the distinct feeling that Curry’s MVP case is wavering, even though he’s playing better than ever and even with the Warriors owning the league’s best record. That doesn’t make sense. Oh well. Just watch the video.

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  • #JamalCrawford is NASTY w/ that basketball #Clippers #NBA

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    Jamal Crawford

    We all know Jamal Crawford has handles. Realistically, we could throw him on this list every single week. But this series of moves here during a stoppage in play against Memphis is just crazy.

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  • Pete Rakocevic

    Northern Illinois’ 6-11 center will never even be able to think about matching what Shaquille O’Neal has accomplished in basketball, but at least for one night he was able to say he matched the Diesel’s penchant for bringing down the house. Literally. (For a laugh, check the reaction of the ref at the bottom of the video.)

    Also, shoutout to that slick court design.

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  • Russell Westbrook

    Westbrook’s February was like something out of a video game, as arguably one of the greatest stretches of individual basketball played since the turn of the century. For the month, even without Kevin Durant, Westbrook kept the Thunder afloat in the Western Conference Playoff race by posting averages of 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 10.3 assists. All of that came in barely 35 minutes! He also threw up three straight triple-doubles at one point, one of them coming in this game against the Suns (39 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) and another against Portland (40 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) where the dude literally played with a dent in his head. Russ, this isn’t even fair anymore.

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  • Xavier Rathan-Mayes
  • Kahlil Felder crossover
  • Stephen Curry 8th grade basketball team
  • Jamal Crawford
  • Pete Rakocevic
  • Russell Westbrook

One of the best things about technology is that anyone can be a hero. Anyone can be famous. It might be for a day, for an hour, maybe the lucky ones get a week, but in the end it doesn’t really matter how long…only that it happened. Drake‘s 15 minutes might’ve started an hour ago, but for the average person, celebrity status is only a video click away.

In Style Points here on The Drop, we’re constantly reiterating that it’s not about what you do but how you do it. Make a highlight? That’s cool. Do it against your former team in the world’s most famous arena? That’s even better. That’s going next level. Like J.R. Smith did recently. That’s a perfect segue into this week’s action, which once again features Jamal Crawford.

The Clippers’ sixth man sports the most wicked handle in the L, and seems to find his way onto this list every week. That makes it all the more impressive, considering defenders know what he wants to do and yet they still can’t stop it. This time, it was poor Patty Mills who got left out on an island by himself. The result wasn’t pretty.

I’d say that was the most incredible example of ball-handling recently if it wasn’t for the tape that leaked of Stephen Curry as an eighth grader, throwing up some of the nastiest moves I’ve ever seen out of a young’n. I thought I was pretty good as an eighth grader, but this dude had the skill level of a high school senior. Just crazy — it makes sense that he’s now become an electrifying player in the NBA.

And then there was Russell Westbrook, who put on a show for the ages throughout February.

In this week’s edition of Style Points: Stephen Curry Was a Boss in 8th Grade; Russell Westbrook Should Be the NBA’s MVP.

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