In the past couple of years, Steph Curry has not only established himself as one of the best players in the NBA and the league’s best shooter by a mile, but with a championship and two consecutive MVPs as well as a number of records, he also has to be considered among the best shooters of all time. While everyone knows who he is now, he kind of came out of nowhere, and as a result not many people know about his history or how he became the star he is today.
Right from his birth, Steph Curry was seemingly bred to be in the NBA. His father is none other than Dell Curry who was a successful player, sixth man of the year award winner and the Charlotte Hornets all-time leader in scoring. While he was good in high school, not many big schools would offer him a scholarships due to his slender frame and he only received 3 out of 5 stars from most recruiting bodies. As a result, he decided to attend a smaller school in Davidson, as they had been aggressively recruiting him for years.
Right from his freshman year, Curry was an explosive scorer and shooter. However, it was his sophomore year that garnered him a ton of attention as he took a low seeded Davidson Wildcats all the way to the Elite 8. He returned for his junior season where he was a consensus all-American and the NCAA scoring leader, and was sure to be a top pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
He ended up being the 7th overall pick of the draft, but was actually the third point guard taken, directly after the Timberwolves doubled down on Ricky Rubio and Johnny Flynn. In his rookie year, he averaged over 17 points a game and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting. Over the next few years, he continued to improve and prove he was among the best young point guards in the NBA.
However, in 2011-12 he suffered an injurt riddled year in which he saw his points per game drop to 14 and he only appeared in 26 games. Despite this, the Warriors signed him to a new deal, which was thought of as pretty risky due to his history of injuries. In retrospect, it was probably a pretty good move.
From that injury riddled season on, Curry has developed into one of the best players in the league and has shot at a clip that no one in history has ever been able to do. He has one of the quickest releases in history and his range is seemingly endless as he routinely hits shots only a step or two past half court. He is so good at shooting threes that many believe he is the player behind the increase of reliance on three point shooting that a lot of teams have taken up. By the end of his career, he will likely hold many three point shooting related records and is basically already a shoe in for a Hall of Fame induction.