Reigning MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has just turned 28, and so we decided to share with y’all 28 of the most ‘interesting’ facts about our 3-point shooting Superstar..
- Steph was born on the **3rd month of 1988 — or March 14.
2. Steph is the eldest of Dell Curry’s **3 children. Steph 1988. Seth 1990. And Sydel 1994.
3. Steph and wife, Ayesha, had their second daughter Ryan (2015) **3 years after Riley (2012) was born.
4. Ranks **3rd on the NBA’s all-time free throw percentage at 90.0% behind only Steve Nash (.904) and former Cavalier sharpshooting point guard, Mark Price (.904).
5. Ranks **3rd on the NBA’s all-time three-point percentage list at 44% trailing only Warriors’ Head Coach Steve Kerr (.454) and Hubert Davis (.441).
6. Currently owns **3 of the highest five single-season three-point totals in NBA history, ranking first (286, 2014-15), second (272, 2012-13) and fifth (261, 2013-14) on the all-time list.
8. The 2009 draft marked the first time **3 sons of former NBA players were selected in the top 15 picks of the draft. Stephen Curry, son of Dell Curry, was drafted 7th overall by the Golden State Warriors. Gerald Henderson, Jr., son of Gerald Henderson, was drafted 12th overall by Charlotte. Austin Daye, son of Darren Daye, was drafted 15th overall by Detroit.
9. Steph’s **3rd year in the league was injury-riddled playing only 26 regular season games (23 starts) and had his lowest career ppg averaging 14.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.50 steals in 28.2 minutes per contest.
10. Holds the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a game with 12, and was the **3rd one to do it after Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
11. Steph has tied if not broken **3 three-point records this season. One, three-pointers made for a season, currently at 318. Two, 135 straight games with a three-pointer. Three, most three-pointers made in a game, 12.
12. He has won **3 awards last year (2015), namely: ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete and Best NBA Player, BET Award for Sportsman of the Year, and the AP Male Athlete of the Year.
13. Steph has so far been a member and participated in **3 US national teams but none of which were in the Olympics.
Okay, enough of the threees…
14. He married his high school sweetheart and Toronto native, Ayesha Alexander on July *30, 2011. They now live in Orinda, California with their daughters Riley and Ryan.
15. He wears the same jersey number as his father Dell, *30.
16. Currently, Steph is averaging *30.5 points over 62 games.
17. For this season, he shoots more 3-pointers (11.2 attempts per game) than 2 point FG (8.9) and most of it comes within the 15-7 seconds shot clock range — but could only manage to convert *30.8% of his shots when the defender is within 2 feet from him.
18. Steph comes from a family of athletes. His father Dell was a former NBA player. His mother Sonya was a volleybelle at Virginia Tech. His brother Seth is currently with the Sacramento Kings while sister Sydel is playing volleyball for Elon University.
19. After Steph’s freshman season with Davidson, he had his first experience with the US national team when he was chosen to compete at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships and so winning a silver medal in the process.
20. Even when he joined the NBA, Steph has continued to work towards his degree from Davidson College — giving emphasis on the importance of education. Mustn’t forget!
21. Steph is not actually a late bloomer in the NBA, so to speak. He was already a performer since his rookie year — appearing in 80 games (77 starts), averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.90 steals in 36.2 minutes. And finished runner-up in the Rookie of the Year honors behind Tyreke Evans who was with the Sacramento Kings then.
22. He signed a contract extension with the Warriors back in 2012 when he was not yet the Curry we all know and when basketball observers considered it risky for Golden State due to Curry’s history of injuries. Now, $11M has absolutely been a bargain!
23. He is the fastest in NBA history to make 1,000 career three-pointers, doing it in just 369 games which was 88 games lesser than the previous record-holder, Dennis Scott.
24. With his 3-point mastery, not only has Steph led the NBA in field goals made beyond 28 feet but made the league even ponder on extending the 3-point line. As Benjamin Morris said, “Curry is perhaps the figurehead in the NBA’s Three-Point Revolution.”
25. Steph is criticized for his lack of defense but with a career average of 1.72 steals per game, they should be clear what defense they are talking about. Right. It’s about ‘on-ball’.
26. Steph is a social media fixture. He engages with fans and sponsors #SC30 contests where he rewards those who gives the best answers to his online challenges. His personal website though is still under ‘construction’ while his Twitter handle being @StephenCurry30.
27. He has always been giving back to community yet the most interesting one was back in 2012 when Steph started donating **3 insecticide-treated mosquito nets for every *three-pointer he made to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to combat malaria.
28. He is one of those athletes who’s proud of his faith as he spoke about it during his MVP speech, ‘People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that’s because of my Lord and Savior’. And that he pounds his chest and points up to say that he’s got a ‘Heart for God’ — that he plays for God. Very well!