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Stephen “Steph” Curry: The Making of the Greatest Shooter in NBA History

Steph Curry (born Wardell Stephen Curry II on March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Steph has been referred to by many analysts and professionals (current and former) as the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is credited with revolutionizing the game of basketball by inspiring teams to utilize the three-point shot regularly. A seven-time NBA All-Star, Curry has been named the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice and has won three NBA championships with the Warriors.

Wardell Stephen Curry II is considered a Basketball royalty; he is the former NBA player Dell and older brother of current NBA player Seth; Curry played college basketball for the Davidson Wildcats. He set the all-time scoring record for Davidson and the Southern Conference and was twice named the conference’s player of the year. During his sophomore year, Curry set the single-season NCAA record for three-pointers and was then selected by the Warriors with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, at Summa Akron City Hospital (the same hospital where LeBron James had been born three years earlier). At the same time, his father was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where his father spent most of his NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets. Dell often took Curry and his younger brother Seth to his games to shoot with the Hornets during warm-ups. The family briefly relocated to Toronto, where Dell finished out his career as a member of the Raptors. Curry played for the Queensway Christian College boys basketball team during this time, leading them to an undefeated season. He was also a Toronto 5–0, a club team that plays across Ontario, pitting him against fellow future NBA players Cory Joseph and Kelly Olynyk. Curry led the team to a 33–4 record, en route to winning the provincial championship.

Following his father’s retirement, the family moved back to Charlotte. Curry enrolled at Charlotte Christian School, where he led his team to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances. Because of his father’s storied career at Virginia Tech, Curry wanted to play college basketball for the Hokies but was only offered a walk-on spot due in part to his slender 160-pound frame. He ultimately chose to attend Davidson College, which had aggressively recruited him from the tenth grade.

Curry is considered by many to be the most excellent shooter in NBA history. He is credited with revolutionizing basketball by inspiring basketball teams, from high school to the NBA, to utilize the three-point shot regularly. Analysts have referred to him as “the Michael Jordan of the three-point era,” stating that he did for the three-point shot what Jordan did for the dunk.

While Curry may not have come from nothing like most people at the top of their chosen career (especially basketballers). Being the son of a former professional put him under a lot of pressure and spotlight. Therefore, to emerge as the Steph Curry that everyone talks about today is testament to Curry’s never-give-up mentality. 

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