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The Stephen Curry Story: Growing Up As The Son Of An NBA Player To Becoming The Three-Point King

The Stephen Curry Story: Growing Up As The Son Of NBA Player To Becoming The Three-Point King

Wardell Stephen Curry I, also known as Dell Curry, was a former NBA player who was known for his three-point shooting.

He played 16 years in the league with the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Toronto Raptors.

Dell spent most of his career with the Hornets, where he finished his career as the Hornets' all-time leader in points and three-point makes. Kemba Walker has since passed him in both categories.

Many fans may have forgotten Dell, but his son, Wardell Stephen Curry II, more commonly known as Steph Curry, is one of the most popular NBA players in the game, and he's recognized as the greatest shooter of all time.

Steph Curry knew as a child that he wanted to follow his father's steps by becoming an NBA player.

He used to shoot around before his father's games and then at halftime, and even after the games if they'd let him.

There's even a famous story of Steph and his younger brother, Seth, outshooting his father's teammates when Dell was a member of the Toronto Raptors.

“He brought us around all the time and sometimes they would let us jump in shoot-around games. We had Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Mugsy Bogues, and we were still some of the best shooters in the gym when it came to spot shooting,” Seth explained. “We could shoot threes. When you would pick teams in shooting games, we would be one of the top picks. We were getting picked before NBA players, before some of the big men got picked. I mean, we could shoot it.”

This is a pretty bold statement by Seth, but it wasn't embellished at all. Raptors great, Vince Carter, told a story about his time being around a young Steph Curry.

“Every day he was there. Just on the sideline, with a ball. And I'll say Seth as well. They were both just gym rats. They love the game. You could see the appreciation for the game and the dedication.”

Carter would go further than to just praise Steph's work effort, he'd go on to praise his shooting as well.

“They were always working on their shot. He had a nice follow-through then. It's like he's destined to be an NBA player. One, being around it, and two, just the work they put in on their own. And, of course, dad was a pretty decent shooter himself, so figured something close to that would come for both his kids. But before every home game, after my workout, Steph and I would play 1-on-1.”

Yes, Steph was destined to be an NBA star one day. And after a stellar career in college at Davidson, where in 2008, he led the underdog Wildcats to an incredible “Cinderella story”.

Davidson had not won an NCAA Tournament game in 39 years, but do you think that fazed a young Steph Curry? No, of course, it didn't.

Steph led Davidson to an undefeated season in the Southern Conference, which resulted in them reaching the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Davidson would make It past everyone's expectations by making it to the Elite 8 before losing to the eventual champions, the Kansas Jayhawks.

Steph played amazing in the tournament, setting the three-point record, and after one more year at Davidson, Steph decided it was time to achieve his boyhood dreams.

In the 2009–10 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Steph with the seventh overall pick.

He'd hit the NBA running, not being bashful at all, just like how he was during his father's practices.

Steph averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per game during his rookie season.

He was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January, March, and April, making him the only Western Conference rookie to win the award three times.

Steph would finish second in the Rookie of the Year Award voting, behind Tyreke Evans. It didn't matter, though. There was something special about Steph, and in a few seasons, the world would take notice.

In his sixth season, Steph had a breakout year. He won the MVP with averages of 23.8 points, 7.7 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.

Steph led the Warriors to 67 wins and a trip to the Finals to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors held off the injury-ridden Cavaliers to win the title 4-2. Steph was now an MVP and an NBA champion. Would he top his performance next year?

He did in a way, yet he also failed. Steph led the Warriors to a record 73 wins, and he became the league's first-ever unanimous MVP.

Steph became the first and only player in NBA history to make over 400 three-pointers with 402.

This was an upgrade from his previous season, for sure, but the playoffs would be a different story.

After the Warriors narrowly escaped a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, they went on to have a rematch against LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

In the Finals, the Warriors would go the route of the Thunder. They'd take a 3-1 series lead and blow in, losing a dramatic game seven on their home court.

The Warriors would bounce back. They'd add Durant and go on to win two more titles before the team was essentially broken up by players leaving and injuries.

Steph would only play five games in the 2019-20 season as he dealt with injuries. Many people started to write Steph off, but he wanted to prove his career wasn't finished yet.

In the 2020-21 season, Steph led the NBA in scoring with 32.0 points per game. This was his second career scoring title (2015-16).

Steph led the young roster of the Warriors to the Play-in Tournament, where they ultimately were defeated twice, missing the playoffs.

This season, the Warriors have surprised everyone. They're currently sitting at the top of the standings for the entire league, and Steph is leading the early MVP candidate talk.

On Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, Steph Curry continued to grow his legacy. In a game against the New York Knicks in New York, Steph broke Ray Allen's all-time made three-point field goals record.

Allen connected on 2973 threes in 1300 games played. Steph broke Allen's record in only 789 games played!

After Steph broke the record, he embraced his father in a hug. The journey of Steph Curry has gone full circle. From a young boy, wanting to follow his father's footsteps, to becoming the all-time three-point king.

Yes, Steph Curry has changed the game of basketball, and his impact will only continue to grow. But no matter how much he accomplishes and how big he becomes, he'll always be Dell's little boy.

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