As one of the most celebrated athletes in professional sports, Stephen Curry’s name is often mentioned in headlines. But how much do you really know about this three-time NBA champion?
Here are 20 interesting facts about Stephen Curry that will surprise and entertain you.
1. Stephen Curry was born in Akron, Ohio, on March 14, 1988.
2. Curry is the oldest of three children. His younger brother, Seth, plays for the Dallas Mavericks, and his sister, Sydel, played volleyball at Elon University.
3. Curry’s mother, Sonya, was a Division I volleyball player at Virginia Tech and was set to play professionally in Italy before she got pregnant with Stephen.
4. Curry’s father, Dell, played 9 seasons in the NBA and is now a TV analyst for the Charlotte Hornets. He also played college basketball at Virginia Tech.
5. At 5 feet 3 inches tall, Sonya was one of the shortest players in her volleyball league, but she used that to her advantage by using quickness and agility instead of size.
6. Curry’s parents divorced when he was only an infant, and his father moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to play for the Hornets. Curry stayed behind with his mother and spent many weekends visiting his father.
7. Curry’s mother instilled in him a strong work ethic, telling him that “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
8. Curry was not the biggest or most athletic player on his youth basketball teams, but he quickly developed a reputation as one of the hardest workers and best shooters.
9. When he was in middle school, Curry’s family moved to Charlotte so that he could play for the respected youth basketball program at Montverde Academy in Florida. There, Curry became teammates with future NBA player Avery Bradley and began attracting attention from college scouts at a young age.
10. As a sophomore in high school, Curry led his team to a state championship and was named North Carolina’s Mr. Basketball, despite breaking his hand in three spots before the final game of the season.
11. In his junior year of high school, Curry transferred from Charlotte Christian School to Davidson College High School so that he could play for a powerhouse basketball program known for developing NBA players such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Adam Morrison.
12. Curry became a McDonald’s All-American his senior year of high school but was still not highly recruited by Division I colleges, partially due to his size at only 5 feet 6 inches tall.
13. In college, Curry earned the nickname “Baby-faced Assassin” for his deadly shooting and cool demeanor on the court.
14. In Curry’s first NCAA tournament game, he scored 40 points in a losing effort against Georgetown. The performance earned him widespread attention as a college basketball star to watch.
15. In Curry’s senior season at Davidson, he led his team to an impressive record of 30-7, averaging 25.3 points per game and earning a reputation as one of college basketball’s most explosive scorers.
16. In his last collegiate game, Curry scored 40 points in an NCAA tournament loss to eventual champion Kansas. He finished his career as Davidson’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 414 and topped the Southern Conference’s all-time scoring list with 2,635 points.
17. During his senior season, Curry was featured in a Nike commercial alongside fellow young NBA stars Kevin Durant and Tyreke Evans that declared him to be one of the best shooters in the world. Little did he know at the time just how accurate that statement would turn out to be.
18. After graduating high school, Steph Curry had his pick of top universities around the country but chose to stay close to home and attend Davidson College because of its strong academic reputation, small size, and beautiful campus located in a college town.
19. As a freshman at Davidson, Curry earned Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors and led the Wildcats to a 24-8 record and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
20. After his sophomore year, Curry declared for the NBA draft but later withdrew when it became clear that he would not be drafted high enough to justify leaving school early. In his junior season at Davidson, Curry averaged 25.5 points per game and led the Wildcats to a school-record 29 wins.
Stephen Curry is one of the most interesting and talented players in the NBA. With his skills on the court and his off-the-court antics, he always keeps fans entertained. Here are 20 interesting facts about Stephen Curry that you may not have known.