Curry playing for the Warriors
|No. 30 - Golden State Warriors|
|Shooting guard / Point guard|
| Date of birth: March 14,1988 |
|Height: 6 ft 3 in||Weight: 185 lbs|
|2009 for the Golden State Warriors|
| NBA Draft: 2009; 1st round / 7th pick |
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
|Career highlights and awards|
Wardell Stephen Curry II (born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA at Guard for the Golden State Warriors. He was the starting shooting guard for the Wildcats of Davidson College. Stephen (pronounced Stef-en), who previously attended Charlotte Christian School, is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry and former Virginia Tech volleyball standout Sonya Curry.
High School Career
Curry attended Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the school's all-time leading scorer with over 1400 points. At Charlotte Christian School, Curry was quickly named all-state, all-conference, and team MVP while he led his team to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances. He finished his senior season by shooting over 48% from three point range. Despite the success Curry had in high school, he went virtually unnoticed by major ACC schools. Most ACC coaches thought Curry couldn't handle the physical nature of ACC basketball, so they passed on him. Since Curry's father played for Virginia Tech and is in their Hall of Fame, Curry wanted to play for the Hokies, but the Hokies did not offer him a scholarship. Besides that, Curry only had offers from Davidson College, Virginia Commonwealth, and Winthrop. Curry chose Davidson College, a school who had not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1969, when coaching legend Lefty Driesell led them to the Elite Eight, losing to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Before Stephen Curry even played a college game, head coach Bob McKillop said at a Davidson Alumni event, "Wait till you see Steph Curry. He is something special." In his second ever collegiate game, against the University of Michigan, Curry scored 32 points, dished out 4 assists, and grabbed 9 rebounds. This game established Curry as one of the top guards in the nation.
Stephen led the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game and was second in the nation for freshmen in scoring, to Texas's Kevin Durant, who ended up being the 2nd pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Stephen's scoring ability helped the Wildcats to a 29-5 overall record and a Southern Conference regular season title.
On March 2, 2007, in the Southern Conference tournament semi-finals, facing Furman University, Curry set the NCAA Division I freshman season record for 3-point field goals with 113, topping the previous season record of 109 set by Keydren Clark of St. Peter's.
Curry eclipsed the school freshman scoring record with his 502nd point against University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on February 6, 2007. On March 15, 2007, Davidson marched into the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament as a #13-seed set to play the University of Maryland. Even though Davidson lost, 82-70, Curry was the leading scorer with 30 points and received a standing ovation when he fouled out.
Curry ended his freshman season with 730 total points, including 122 3-point field goals.
After the season ended, Curry was selected for the USA team that appeared at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship in Novi Sad, Serbia. Despite playing only 18 minutes per game, Curry averaged 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while shooting 45% from the floor.
Curry was selected as Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Tournament MVP, All-tournament team, All-freshman team, first team All-SoCon, and All-SoCon. He was also named an honorable mention in Sports Illustrated's All-Mid-Major.
Coming off a stellar freshman season, Curry was eager to impress again. In this season, Davidson played a tough non-conference schedule, including the University of North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, and UCLA. Despite Davidson's name not being on the map, all games were played close, but unfortunately very closely lost. Curry shined in each game though, scoring 24 against UNC, 20 against Duke, 29 against NC State, and 15 against UCLA. On February 13, 2008, Curry's 41 point game against the University of North Carolina Greensboro helped Davidson come from a 20-point first half deficit.
Curry once again led the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 25.5 points per game and ended up fifth in Division I in scoring, while adding 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. His scoring and leadership abilities led the Wildcats to a 26-6 regular season record, and a 20-0 conference record. As a result, Davidson earned their third straight NCAA Division I Men's Tournament bid in 2008, as a #10-seed.
On March 21, 2008, Davidson matched up with seventh seeded Gonzaga University. Despite Gonzaga being ahead in this game by as many as 11 points in the early second half, Stephen Curry scored 30 points in the second half to push Davidson to their first NCAA Tournament win since 1969, 82-76. Curry ended up with 40 points, going 8 for 10 from 3 point range, drawing praise from around the nation for his performance.
On March 23, 2008, Davidson matched up with 2 seeded Georgetown University. Georgetown entered the game as a heavy favorite after an appearance in the Final Four in 2007 and holding a number eight national ranking. Despite being down by 17 points early in the second half, Davidson and Curry marched back. Curry scored 25 points in the final 14 minutes including 5 free throws to ice the game to push Davidson to a 74 to 70 win and onto the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1969. Curry ended up with 30 points and even more praise around the nation.
Curry was selected in the first round (7th pick overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. He signed a four-year, $12.7 million contract in July 2009. Curry made his NBA regular season debut on October 28, 2009 in the Warriors' 2009-10 season opener against the [[Houston Rockets]. Curry started the game and finished with 14 points, seven assists, four steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes of play.
On January 23, 2010 Curry finished with a then career high 32 points in a game against the New Jersey Nets, as the Warriors looked to Curry to carry the team on his shoulders while Monta Ellis was out with injuries. On Feb 10, 2010 Curry got his first triple-double in his career with 36 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, including 7-of-11 from 3-points range. On April 7, 2010, Curry came close to a quadruple-double finishing with 27 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds and 7 steals in Don Nelson's 1,333 win as an NBA head coach, as Nelson set a new NBA record for career coaching wins. Curry also had a rookie high of 5 30-point, 10-assist games, which was also the 3rd most in the league behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. He broke an NBA record for most threes made in a season by a rookie with 166 threes made on .437 accuracy. Due to Curry's dominant performance with the Warriors in his rookie season, he was a contender for the 2009-2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. On April 14, 2010 Curry scored a new career high 42 points in the last game of the season in a win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Curry finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, behind Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, and was one of the three unanimous selections to the 2010 All-Rookie First Team, alongside Evans and Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks.