Steph Curry may be the hottest player in the NBA right now. His MVP season catapulted him into the national spotlight. His skills on the court are matched by his savvy off it.
Let's take a look at 13 things that will make you fall in love with this NBA superstar.
- Curry has become one of the most feared shooters in the NBA. He is one half of one of the most accurate-shooting back courts in the league. In the 2013-2014 season, Curry and fellow "Splash Brother" Klay Thompson set an NBA record for combined 3s in a season with 484.
- At every level of basketball, Curry has taken the opportunity to grow and improve his game. At Davidson University, he won the Southern Conference Player of the Year award twice, and he set the all-time scoring record for both Davidson and the Southern Conference.
- He has developed supreme confidence in his shot, which allowed him to set an NBA record during the 2012-2013 season with 272 made 3-pointers.
- His unselfishness and ball-handling ability let him find teammates for crazy assists. It's like he's got eyes in the back of his head (like this).
- Curry has always strived to be the best. During his sophomore year at Davidson, he set the single-season NCAA record for 3-pointers made.
- Curry raises his level of play against the best competition. He led his team to a 31-8 record against teams in the tough Western Conference.
- Curry took some criticism in years past for not being a great defender. He has improved his play at that end of the floor, helping the Warriors to a +10.4-point differential, nearly 5 points better than the next highest team (Atlanta Hawks at +5.6.)
- Coming out of high school, Curry was only 6-feet tall and weighed 160 pounds. No one thought he would become an MVP candidate in the NBA, evidenced by the three scholarship offers he had as a senior.
- He is a two-time gold medalist with the USA Men's National Team in both 2010 and 2014. He is also a silver medalist with the Under-19 USA Youth Team in 2007.
- He often plays against his coach, the legendary shooter Steve Kerr, who can't beat him in a free-throw contest.
- The Warriors are 19-1 when Curry has more than 10 assists (per nba.com/stats).
- He wears the same number (No. 30) that his dad (Dell) wore when he played in the NBA (1986-2002).
- In the 2014-15 season, Curry averaged 23.3 points (9th in the league), 7.9 assists (7th ), 2.1 steals (3rd), 47% from the field, 41.7% from the 3-point line (10th), and 91.2% from the free-throw line (1st).
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