The way Stephen Curry burst into the national spotlight has not happened in sports in a long time. What is more impressive, however, is the person Curry has always been off the court and remained after becoming a superstar.
In his first five seasons, Curry made the playoffs twice with the Warriors, winning only one series in that span. Between the change in ownership and Curry’s constant ankle injuries, many wondered whether the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft would ever live up to expectations.
In 2014, he met those expectations. And then proceeded to blow them out of the water.
Curry started off hot and never cooled down, leading the Warriors to a league best 67-15 record and their first championship in 40 years. He would go on to average nearly 24 points a game that season shooting at 48% from the field. Curry would win his first MVP trophy that season, but the basketball world had no idea what was about to be unleashed upon them the follow season.
During his unanimous MVP campaign in 2015-16, Curry averaged over 30 points a game, shooting 50% from the field and 45% from three. He drained 402 three pointers that season. To help put that in perspective, no one in the history of the league had ever hit 300 in a single season. And just to add to the ridiculousness, Steph’s +/- for the season was +1022. He became one of the hottest figures in professional sports, and even the average fan couldn’t even step outside without seeing his face or brand on a billboard or somewhere on the internet.
The Warriors have become the “Golden Boys” of the NBA in large part to Steph’s dominance, and the point guard has skyrocketed himself into the realm of becoming one of the most polarizing figures in sports today.
While Steph Curry has become one of the most dominant athletes in the NBA, his humble attitude and charity work is what really makes him stand out. Ever since college he has been a part of the United Nation Foundation’s Nothing but Net campaign, which proves relief and prevention of malaria to people in Africa. In 2014, Curry launched the Three-For-Three challenge which donates three bed nets for people in need with every three pointer he makes during an NBA game.
Stephen Curry is involved with countless other charities, but what really stands out to the public is how humble of a person he is. Curry can be seen before every NBA game, at home or on the road, signing autographs for fans eager to meet their favorite superstar. His family comes first to him, as evident by when he invited his daughter Rylie to a couple of his post-game press conferences. One of Curry’s most appealing qualities his how goofy and down to Earth he acts on and off the court, making him relateable to basketball fans everywhere.
Stephen Curry’s eruption to stardom is something we may not see again in a long time in sports, and even rarer is the person he is off the court to go along with his fame. We may never see a combination like this again, so it is pivotal that the world enjoys the show that is Steph Curry.