Stephen Curry (basketball)

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Stephen Curry

Curry with the Warriors in 2011
No. 30 – Golden State Warriors
Point guard / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born(1988-03-14) March 14, 1988 (age 24)
Akron, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolCharlotte Christian
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
CollegeDavidson (2006–2009)
NBA Draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career2009–present
Career history
2009–presentGolden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Stephen Curry

Curry with the Warriors in 2011
No. 30 – Golden State Warriors
Point guard / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born(1988-03-14) March 14, 1988 (age 24)
Akron, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolCharlotte Christian
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
CollegeDavidson (2006–2009)
NBA Draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career2009–present
Career history
2009–presentGolden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Wardell Stephen Curry II (born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Curry, who is known for his shooting skills, plays as a guard and is listed at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 185 lb (84 kg).[1]

He played college basketball for the Wildcats of Davidson College from 2006 to 2009. In 2008–09 he led the nation in scoring with 28.6 points per game and was a consensus first-team All-America selection by The Sporting News, Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).[2] Curry was twice named Southern Conference Player of the Year and to the John R. Wooden Award All-American team, set the all-time scoring record for Davidson and the Southern Conference, set school career records for three-pointers, free throws, 30-point games and 40-point games, set a single season NCAA record for three-pointers, and led Davidson to two straight NCAA tournament appearances.[2]

Curry is the son of former NBA player Dell Curry and former volleyball standout Sonya Curry. On April 23, 2009, Curry announced that he would leave Davidson after his junior year to enter the 2009 NBA Draft,[3] and on June 25, 2009, he was selected 7th overall by the Golden State Warriors.[4]

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High school career

Born in Akron, Ohio,[5] Curry attended Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina. At Charlotte Christian School Curry was named all-state, all-conference, and team MVP while he led his team to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances. He finished his senior season by shooting over 48% from three-point range. Despite the success Curry had in high school, the then 6-foot (1.8 m), 160-pound senior did not receive any scholarship offers from major-conference schools. Since Curry's father played for Virginia Tech and is in their Hall of Fame, Curry wanted to play for the Hokies, but the Hokies only offered him a place as a walk-on player[6] After receiving offers from Davidson College, Virginia Commonwealth, and Winthrop,[7] Curry chose Davidson College, a school that had not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1969.

Collegiate career

Freshman season

Before Stephen Curry played even one college game, head coach, Bob McKillop, said at a Davidson alumni event, "Wait till you see Steph Curry. He is something special."[8] In his second collegiate game against the University of Michigan, Curry scored 32 points, dished out 4 assists, and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Curry led the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game and was second in the nation among freshmen in scoring, to Texas' Kevin Durant, who ended up being the 2nd pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Curry's scoring ability helped the Wildcats to a 29–5 overall record and a Southern Conference regular season title.

On March 2, 2007, in the Southern Conference semi-finals, facing Furman University, Curry set the NCAA freshman season record for 3-point field goals with 113, topping the previous season record of 109 set by Keydren Clark of St. Peter's.[9]

Curry eclipsed the school freshman scoring record with his 502nd point against University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on February 6, 2007.[10] On March 15, 2007, Davidson marched into the NCAA tournament as a 13 seed set to play the University of Maryland. Even though Davidson lost 82–70, Curry was the leading scorer with 30 points,[11] and received a standing ovation when he fouled out.[citation needed] Curry ended his freshman season with 730 total points, including 122 three-point field goals.

After the season ended, Curry was selected for the USA team appearing at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia. Despite playing only 18 minutes per game, Curry averaged 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while shooting 45% from the floor.

Curry was selected as the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Tournament MVP, All-tournament team, All-freshman team, and first team All-SoCon. He also was named an honorable mention in Sports Illustrated's All-Mid-Major.

Sophomore season

Curry at the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Coming off a stellar freshman season, Curry was eager to impress again. In this season Davidson played a tough non-conference schedule, including North Carolina, Duke, NC State, and UCLA. Despite being lightly regarded these games, against top-ranked opponents, were very close, but unfortunately for Curry and the Wildcats, all were losses. Curry, however, played well in each game, scoring 24 against UNC,[12] 20 against Duke,[13] 29 against NC State,[14] and 15 against UCLA.[15] On February 13, 2008, Curry's 41-point game against UNC-Greensboro helped Davidson come back from a 20-point first half deficit to win.[16]

Curry once again led the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 25.5 points per game and ended up fifth in Division I in scoring, while adding 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. His scoring and leadership abilities led the Wildcats to a 26–6 regular season record, and a 20–0 conference record. As a result Davidson earned its third straight NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Tournament bid in 2008 (as a "10" seed).

On March 21, 2008, Davidson matched up with seventh seeded Gonzaga. Despite Gonzaga being ahead by as many as 11 points early in the second half of this game, Curry scored 30 points in that half[17] to push Davidson to their first NCAA Tournament win since 1969, 82–76. Curry ended up with 40 points, going 8-for-10 from 3-point range.[18] On March 23, Davidson played second seeded Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Georgetown entered the game as a heavy favorite after an appearance in the Final Four in 2007 and holding a number eight national ranking. Curry was held to only five points in the first half of the game, and his team trailed by 17 points at that point. However, Curry scored 25 points in the second half to push Davidson to a stunning 74–70 win.[17]

On March 28, 2008, Curry led Davidson to another upset win against third-seeded Wisconsin. Curry scored 33 points over his defender Michael Flowers, who was considered one of the best defensive guards in the nation. Davidson won easily, 73–56, advancing to the Elite 8 for the first time since 1969.[19] In this game Curry joined Clyde Lovellette, Kansas, Jerry Chambers, Utah, and Glenn Robinson, Purdue, as the only college players to score over 30 points in their first four career NCAA tournament games.[19] Curry also tied the single-season record for most three-pointers made in one season set by Darrin Fitzgerald of Butler in 1986–87 with 158.[20][21] He set the record in the next game, against the Kansas Jayhawks, with his 159th three-pointer of the season. Despite Curry's 25 points, Davidson fell to the top-seeded and eventual national champion Jayhawks 59–57 on March 30, 2008.[22]

Curry was named to the Associated Press' All-America Second Team on March 31, 2008.[23] He also was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Region of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Tournament, becoming the first player from a team not making the Final Four to do so since Juwan Howard of Michigan in 1994.[24]

Curry was nominated for an ESPY in the Breakthrough Player of the Year category.[25]

Junior season

After Davidson's loss in the NCAA Regional Finals against Kansas, Curry announced that he would return for his junior year.[20] Curry said he wanted to develop as a point guard and be able to create his own shot to get ready for the NBA. On November 18, 2008, Curry scored a career-high 44 points in Davidson's 82–78 loss to Oklahoma.[26] He extended a career-long streak by scoring at least 25 points for the seventh straight game.[26] On November 21, Curry registered a career-high 13 assists, to go along with 30 points, in Davidson's 97–70 win over Winthrop.[27] He was held scoreless in a 78–48 win over Loyola on November 25. Loyola double-teamed[28] Curry constantly in a historic game in his career — it was the first ever time he failed to score[28] and only his second collegiate game without double digits.[29] In Davison's next game (11 days later) Curry matched his career-high of 44 in a 72–67 win over North Carolina State.[28] Scoring Davidson's final 10 points, he helped his team clinch the game in the last moments with a three-point shot from 30 feet (9.1 m), and two clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds remaining.[28] He also had a team-high 3 steals.[28] On December 20 Curry went cold in the John Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis. Going 5-for-26 field goals, including hitting only 2-of-12 threes, he finished with only 13 points against Purdue and its defense (led by Chris Kramer), resulting in the Wildcats' second loss of the season, a score of 76–58.[30]

On January 3, 2009, Curry surpassed the 2000-point mark for his career, as he scored 21 points against Samford; he had accomplished this feat in just his 83rd career game.[31]

On January 7, 2009, Curry scored 29 points in a loss to Duke, and as a result became the second leading scorer in Davidson's history.

On January 28, 2009, Curry made a 75-foot (23 m) shot as time expired in the first half in a 92–70 win against Chattanooga.[32]

On February 14, 2009, Curry rolled his ankle in the second half of a win over Furman University. The injury caused Curry to miss the February 18 game against The Citadel, and was the first and only game he missed in his college career.[33]

Curry became Davidson's all time leading scorer on February 28, 2009, surpassing previous record holder John Gerdy. Stephen Curry scored 34 points in a 99–56 win against Georgia Southern, giving Curry 2,488 points for his career.[34]

Although Curry opted out of his senior year at Davidson, he still wanted to earn a degree, so he took online summer classes to that end.

College statistics

Regular Season Averages
SeasonTeamGPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%3P%FT%MINTO
2006–07Davidson Wildcats3421.54.62.81.80.2.463.408.85530.92.8
2007–08Davidson Wildcats3625.94.62.92.10.4.483.439.89433.12.6
2008–09Davidson Wildcats3428.64.45.62.50.2.454.387.87633.73.7
Totals10425.34.53.72.10.3.467.412.87632.63.0

College records

NBA career

Curry taking instructions from Warriors then-assistant coach Keith Smart.

In the 2009 NBA Draft in June 2009 the Golden State Warriors selected Curry in the first round with the seventh overall pick. He subsequently signed a four-year, $12.7 million contract in July 2009.[35] Curry made his NBA regular season debut on October 28, 2009 in the Warriors' 2009–10 season opener against the Houston Rockets. Curry started the game and finished with 14 points, seven assists, four steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes of play.[36]

On January 23, 2010, Curry finished with a then career high 32 points in a game against the New Jersey Nets, as the Warriors looked to Curry to carry the team while Monta Ellis was out with an injury. On February 10, 2010, Curry got his first triple-double in his career with 36 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, including 7-of-11 from 3-point range. On April 7, 2010, Curry came close to a quadruple-double finishing with 27 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds and 7 steals in Don Nelson's 1,333rd win as an NBA head coach, as Nelson set a new NBA record for career coaching wins. Curry also had a rookie high of 5 30-point, 10-assist games, which was also the 3rd most in the league behind Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. He broke an NBA record for most threes made in a season by a rookie with 166 made on .437 accuracy. Curry was invited to play on the rookie team in the Rookie-Sophomore game during the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend, in which he scored 14 points to help the rookies defeat the sophomores. Due to Curry's dominant performance with the Warriors in his rookie season, he was a contender for the 2009–2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. On April 14, 2010, Curry scored a new career high 42 points in the last game of the season in a win against the Portland Trail Blazers. During the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend, Curry beat Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the Taco Bell Skills Challenge with a time of 28.2 in the final round. Stephen Curry was also the recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award for the 2010–2011 season.

Curry finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, behind Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, and was one of the three unanimous selections to the 2010 All-Rookie First Team, alongside Evans and Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks.

In 2012, Curry signed a 4 year $44 million dollar contract extension.

NBA statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2009–10Golden State807736.2.462.437.8854.55.91.9.217.5
2010–11Golden State747433.6.480.442.9343.95.81.5.318.6
2011–12Golden State262328.2.490.455.8093.45.31.5.314.7
Career18017434.0.473.441.9014.15.81.7.317.5

NBA career highlights

Personal

Curry appeared in a Burger King commercial with his father, Dell, at a very young age.[37] His younger brother, Seth, played at Liberty University before transferring to Duke University.[38] Since 2009, Curry has lived in Oakland, California.[39] He is also a devout Christian and has written numerous Biblical verses on his footwear.[40] On July 30, 2011, Curry married Ayesha Alexander in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two had met in a church youth group when they were 15 and 14.[41] On July 19, 2012, Curry's daughter, Riley, was born.[42]

See also

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