Golden State Warriors superstar point guard Stephen Curry is undoubtedly the greatest shooter in NBA history. Since entering the league in 2009, the sharpshooter has changed the way defenses guard the 3-point line due to his ability to shoot from beyond the arc.
A seven-time All-Star, two-time MVP, and three-time champion, Curry will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day. The Warriors will retire his No. 30 jersey and could build a Curry statue outside of the Chase Center when it’s all said and done.
Along with all of the success he’s had with the Warriors, Stephen Curry has made it a point to positively impact the Oakland community even though Golden State plays in San Francisco now. His latest charity work shows what a humble and giving human being the Akron, Ohio native is.
Stephen Curry’s ankles almost prevented him from being an all-time great
The Warriors drafted Stephen Curry with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. He had a solid rookie season, averaging 17.5 points and 5.9 assists in 80 games.
Curry took the next step in his second season by increasing his points per game average from 17.5 to 18.6. However, during his third season, the son of Dell Curry only appeared in 26 games due to ankle surgery. Because of his small stature and weak ankles, Curry’s long-term future in the NBA was a hot topic of discussion by the pundits.
After signing a four-year, $44 million rookie contract extension before the start of the 2012-13 season, Curry averaged 22.9 points per game while shooting 45.3% from beyond the arc. More importantly, he played in 78 games.
Even though he had some minor ankle sprains, Curry played 316 games out of 328 possible from 2013 to 2017. During that span, he averaged 25.8 points and 7.4 assists and won two MVPs and two championships.
All the hard work Stephen Curry put into his basketball craft and strengthening his ankles netted him a $201.2 million contract. The All-Star won his third championship in 2018, but he knew he wanted more out of life than just serving himself.
Stephen Curry provided 16 million meals to children in Oakland
Through Eat. Learn. Play., the foundation he formed with his wife, Stephen Curry has helped provide 16 million meals to children and families in Oakland over the past year. Steph and Ayesha’s foundation is committed to ending childhood hunger.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Curry said, via The San Francisco Chronicle. “We’ve been able to mobilize quickly. We didn’t expect to have such an impact — we only launched a year and a half ago. But so many kids were hanging in the dark. It was alarming. “We are excited about the work we’re doing but it’s hard to celebrate because it means the need is so great. That’s the dichotomy.”
LeBron James, who is also from Akron, Ohio, built a school in his hometown in 2018. Stephen Curry and James are not only two of the best players in NBA history, but they are also tremendous role models.
Will the Warriors win another ring in the Steph era?
Stephen Curry only appeared in five games during the 2019-20 season due to a broken left hand. The Warriors finished with the worst record in the NBA before games were suspended in March due to COVID-19.
Curry and the Warriors were projected to compete for a championship this season. However, Klay Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon before the campaign started, putting an end to Golden State’s title dreams.
The 33-year-old Curry is putting up MVP numbers in 2020-21, but the Warriors are only in ninth place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 28-29 as of this writing. The team won’t be considered elite again until Thompson is back next season.
While nothing is certain in the NBA, there’s a chance the Warriors won’t win another championship in the Stephen Curry era. Klay Thompson is coming back from an ACL and Achilles tear, Draymond Green is getting older and still hasn’t added a jump shot to his arsenal, and the Western Conference is stacked from top to bottom.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.