DAR Sports: NBA Player Profile- Stephen Curry

By @TrueGodImmortal

This might be a bit early to cover, but this man has so many highlights already that it had to be done. After talking Jordan, Kobe, Melo in Denver, reflecting on NBA Finals and more, we were asked to talk about the 2014-2015 NBA MVP Stephen Curry. The son of former Charlotte Hornets player Dell Curry, Steph seemed primed to surpass his father's legacy from the moment he stepped onto the court at Davidson University. Even the Davidson head coach knew that they had something special with Steph and in his 2nd game, he ended up scoring 32 points, dishing out 4 assists and grabbing 9 rebounds. Curry ended up leading the Southern Conference in scoring in his freshman year with 21.5 points a game, carrying Davidson to a 29-5 record and a Southern Conference regular season title. He finished the season as the Southern Conference Freshman of The Year, the SoCon MVP, and garnered many more accolades. 

Steph came into his sophomore season at Davidson with even more confidence, averaging 25.5 points a game and leading the Southern Conference in scoring again. He led Davidson to the NCAA tournament and ended up getting them a win over Gonzaga with 30 points in the second half. He would lead the team all the way to the Elite 8 before a heartbreaking loss to Kansas. Curry would make history as he ended up at the time as one of only 4 players to score 30 points in their first four NCAA Tournament games. 

Steph's junior season saw him come even more into his own, leading the NCAA in scoring with 28.6 points a game and becoming Davidson's all time leading scorer. Curry opted out of his senior year and decided to go into the NBA Draft and he was selected 7th by the Golden State Warriors. Steph showed promise in his rookie season, scoring his first triple double in February 2010 and ending up as a top contender for the NBA Rookie of The Year award, but he finished second behind Tyreke Evans, but he was an unanimous selection for the All-Rookie First Team. 

Continuing from his rookie season, Steph kept improving and ended his 2nd season with respectable numbers as well as the best free throw percentage in the league. He received the 2010-2011 NBA Sportsmanship Award, and underwent surgery for some torn ligaments before the 2011-2012 season. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to fully be recovered and he had a season ending surgery and prepared for the following year. 

The 2012-2013 season proved to be a solid one for Steph, as he ended up scoring a career high 54 points against The Knicks that year, finished the regular season with 272 three pointers, and led the Warriors to the playoffs. The Warriors would end up winning in the first round over the Denver Nuggets before falling to the Spurs in the semi-finals. The 2013-2014 season would be the one where Curry started to break through a bit more, as he ended up getting voted in a starter for the Western Conference in the all star game. He finished the season with 24 points and 8.5 assists a game, leading the Warriors back to the playoffs and getting named to the All-NBA second team. The Warriors would have a 50 win season, and unfortunately lose in the first round to the Clippers in an exciting 7 game series. Curry, after the disheartening loss in the playoffs yet again, seemed primed to come back in the 2014-2015 season with a vengeance. 

That he did. 

The 2014-2015 season proved to be Steph's best season so far, as broke the 3 pointer record he previously set in 2012-2013, became the top vote getter in the All Star voting, won his first NBA three point contest, and most important, he was named the 2014-2015 NBA MVP. He led the Warriors to the no. 1 seed in the West, with an amazing 67-15 record, and put on great performances throughout the playoffs, leading the Warriors to sweep the Pelicans in 4 games(check Steph's performance in game 3, where he helps bring the Warriors back from being down by double digits), defeating the Grizzlies in 6 games and the Rockets in 5 to earn a spot in their first NBA Finals in almost 40 years. The Warriors would go to defeat the Cavs in 6 games to become the 2015 NBA Champions, capping off the perfect season for Steph. 

Steph Curry's legacy is just beginning and it's already stacked in just a few seasons. There is no telling what is next for him, I just know he has more greatness ahead. 



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