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Stephen Curry

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Elite shooter reigning supreme.

Physically unimposing but remarkably elusive and efficient, Stephen Curry is widely touted as the best pure shooter in NBA history. Credited with transforming the league, extending the offensive zone out to 30 feet or beyond with his frequency and accuracy on 3-point attempts.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, on March 14, 1988, while his father, Dell Curry, played for the Cleveland Cavaliers – in the same hospital where LeBron James and former Warriors great Nate Thurmond were born.

Famously drafted No. 7 overall in 2009 after three years at Davidson, and after players such as Hasheem Thabeet (No. 2), Tyreke Evans (No. 4), Ricky Rubio (No. 5) and Jonny Flynn (No. 6).

Curry is one of 12 players in league annuals to earn the Most Valuable Player Award in consecutive seasons, winning his back-to-back honors in 2015 and 2016 while his Golden State team compiled a combined 140-24 record.

Curry led Golden State in 2015, 2017 and 2018 to NBA titles but never was named Finals MVP for his efforts – despite averaging 26.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists while shooting 43% overall and 39.5% on 3-pointers across all three championship series (15 games).

On Nov. 10, 2016, Curry missed all 10 of his 3-point attempts, ending his streak of 157 games making at least one. In his next game, he made 13 of 17 from outside the arc, setting a record later broken by teammate Klay Thompson (14).

He won his second scoring title in 2021 (32.0 ppg), edging Washington’s Bradley Beal (31.3) in the closest race in eight years and at 33 becoming the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan led the NBA in 1997-98 at age 35.

Curry finished that season in a rush, scoring at least 30 points in 11 consecutive games. During the streak, which ended on April 21, Curry averaged 40.0 points on 54.1% shooting, including 49.7% on threes. Only Wilt Chamberlain (28 times) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six) averaged 40 points on 54% shooting over spans of at least 11 games.

Though he wasn’t able to boost the Warriors out of their first Play-In experience in 2021, Curry scored 37 and 39 points in the two games, respectively, against the Lakers and the Grizzlies, and hit 12 of his 24 3-pointers.

He became the first player in NBA history to make 300 3-pointers in a season which he reached in his 59th game, March 7, 2016, against the Orlando Magic. Curry kept going to finish that season with 402 3-pointers made, the only player ever with 400-plus. He has four of the top five single-season totals and five of the top eight.

He currently leads all active NBA players with 2,832 3-pointers and ranks second all-time to Ray Allen (2,973). Curry’s 43.3 3FG% ranks third among active players and seventh all time. He has finished in the Top 10 in 3-point percentage eight times.

He hit 10 or more 3-pointers in seven games in 2020-21 – more than any other player in NBA history has in their career – and has 22 such games. That’s 17 more than the guy in second place, teammate Klay Thompson.

With 10-plus threes in consecutive games in 2021, April 12 and April 14, then again on April 17 and April 19, Curry became the first player to reach double-digits four times in fives games. He holds the NBA record for the most 3-pointers made in any stretch from three games – as well as four games, five games, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 and 11.

While not nearly as exciting as Curry’s deep game, his 90.7% free-throw percentage ranks first in league history. But his free throw rate of .242 (free throws per field-goal attempt) pales compared to James Harden (.522), LeBron James (.404) and Michael Jordan (.358), demonstrating jump shooters’ failure to draw as many whistles as rim attackers. If Curry was sent to the line as frequently as James, shooting at his 90.7% clip, he would have 1,950 more points and his career scoring average would jump from 24.2 ppg to 26.8 ppg.

He and Dell, with 18,434 and 12,670 points respectively, rank second all-time among NBA fathers and sons in combined scoring with 31,104 points. The No. 1 tandem? Kobe and Joe Bryant, who totaled 38,895 in their careers.


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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.