You might not think Dirk Nowitzki has much in common with Stephen Curry, but it turns out they’re not so different. Both players are superstars, both have won MVPs, and both have a ring.
More importantly, both players have changed the way we think about players at their positions. Nowitzki literally stretched the limits of what a power forward is capable of, launching three-pointers and playing a face-up game in the post the likes of which we’d never seen from a big man. Curry, meanwhile, put to rest the notion that a team whose point guard led the team in scoring could never win a championship. The Warriors star routinely takes 30-plus-foot pull-up three-pointers in transition and in the halfcourt. Neither player is conventional, and that’s good.
To prove just how similar our perception of these superstars are, here are 10 quotes — five about Curry, five about Nowitzki — that have been published between 1998-2015. Check them out and take a guess at who each one is about, then click to find out and to see who said it. (Don’t cheat!)
If anything, hopefully this exercise shows you not only that these two have more in common than you thought, but also that each player has made a huge impact on the sport, and one that we might not fully understand and appreciate for years to come.