Steph Curry – A Shooting Star
Steph Curry was born in 1988 in Ohio, and is the son of former NBA star Dell Curry. He came to national attention thanks to his impressive form while playing for Davidson College. In 2009, he was drafted in to the NBA by the Golden State Warriors, in time blossoming into one of the league’s leading players, thanks to his exceptional shooting skills.
After gaining MVP (Most Valuable Player) status and guiding the Warriors to the championship in 2015, Curry also helped the team to attain 73 wins in the following season, a league record. In May 2016, he became the first player in NBA history to be named MVP by a unanimous vote. He also joins an exclusive club of only 11 players who have won the award consecutively.
Early Years and Education
Stephen Curry was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and also spent much of his early years in Charlotte, North Carolina. As the oldest son of former NBA great Dell Curry, he quickly grasped the fundamentals of the game by watching and playing with his father. His mother, former Division I volleyball player Sonya Curry, also played a big part in the early development in his game by helping her son train, while the senior Curry was away on road trips with his team.
Curry was lightly recruited to major basketball programs after a standout career at the Charlotte Christian School. Surprisingly, he chose to play for his hometown school, Davidson College. He made an almost instant impact, scoring 32 points in only his second game for the college team, against the University of Michigan. His excellent season earned him the Freshman of the Year Award for the Southern Conference.
In March of his second year at the college, Curry gained national recognition by helping the Wildcats clinch a place in the NCAA tournament’s regional finals following a string of high-scoring games. He also led the nation with 28.6 points on average as a junior. In the 2009 NBA Draft, Curry was in the seventh pick, signing for the Golden State Warriors.
In spite of his boyish looks and slight frame, Curry has proven that he can handle the rough and tumble of the NBA, thanks to his excellent shooting and exceptional ball handling. The guard managed an average of over 22 points per game following the 2010 All-Star break, eventually ending up in second place in the vote for the NBA Rookie of the Year. His impressive form on the court for the Warriors also earned him a place on the US Men’s National Basketball Team, winning a gold medal with the team at the 2010 World Championships.
During training with the national team, Curry sprained his ankle, an injury that hampered his progress over the course of the next two seasons. After he regained full fitness, Curry returned to his dazzling best in the 2012 – 2013 season, allowing him to set a new NBA record of 272 three pointers. He was named as the Western Conference’s Player of the Month that April, and he led his team to an upset victory over the Denver Nuggets, when they met in the playoffs.
Curry would go on to set a new three pointer record, scoring 286, while leading the league in steals. His impressive all-round play finally won him the MVP award. He would then top off a memorable season by helping the Golden State Warriors beat LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, which was the team’s first championship win since 1975.
In the 2015 – 2016 season, the Warriors were quick off the blocks thanks to Curry carrying his fine form into the new season, helping the team to 24 consecutive victories. This incredible starting pace meant that the Warriors would set a new NBA record of 73 wins for the season. The superstar finished with a mind-boggling 402 three pointers as well as a league-leading 30.1-point average per game, earning Curry his second MVP award in a row.
Ankle and knee injuries to their star guard severely tested the Warriors early on in the playoffs. However, Steph returned to fitness and form and managed a record 17 points in overtime during the fourth game of the Western Conference finals. He would then go on to inspire the Warriors to a comeback win in the next round and set up a re-match with LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals.
Rivalry with LeBron James
Curry and LeBron James are two of the league’s biggest superstars. At present, however, there is a philosophical battle between the two with regard to the three-point line. Although LeBron has managed to turn himself into a competent three-point shooter during his stint with the Miami Heat, Curry is regarded as the leading man for the three-centric future of the NBA, having broken almost all the records there are to break. All eyes are now on the NBA 2016 Final and the big question is will Curry succeed in defeating LeBron for the second time in a row?
Born into a sporting family, Curry’s siblings are also active players, with his brother Seth going on to be a pro basketball player after playing a starring role at Duke University, and his sister Sydel playing volleyball for Elon University. It is clearly evident that sporting talent runs deep in the Curry family.