Stephen Curry turns 28 today!
Stephen Curry, star point guard who was named NBA MVP while leading the Golden State Warriors to the league's best record and an NBA Championship in 2015. Curry set the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a season with 286 during his MVP campaign. Prior to his NBA career, he led Davidson University to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament as a sophomore in 2008.
To celebrate his big day, here are 15 mighty facts about the NBA superstar.
#1 Did you know Steph Curry's first name is actually Wardell? Yes? No? The NBA star's first name is actually Wardell. His full name is Wardell Stephen Curry II, named after his father, former NBA player “Dell” Curry.
#2 He has the first and second highest number of three pointers made in a single NBA season.
#3 Curry holds the NCAA single season record for most three pointers made.
#4 The Basketball superstar did not receive scholarship offers from any major Division 1 schools. Instead, he received offers only from small schools such as Davidson, VCU and Winthrop.
#5 In history, he is the most accomplished Curry in his family (basketball-wise), he went to the least decorated college. He attended Davidson College while his father and brother attended Virginia Tech and Duke University, respectively. Therefore, it's not all about the school, folks. It's the TALENT. Take it from Curry.
#6 Now in his seventh NBA season, he has never shot below 42% from three in a single season!
#7 On the Curry One, his signature shoe, the lace loop at the bottom of the tongue has “4:13,” which actually represents one of his favourite Bible verses: Philippians 4:13.
#8 Curry does not only win career-wise, he also wins at life - in July 2011, Curry married his high school sweetheart Ayesha Alexander who he met in church when he was 15 years old. They have two young daughters together. Aww!
#9 Curry's family is composed of high level athletes. His brother and father have both played in the NBA and his mother, Sonya, played volleyball for D1 school Virginia Tech during the 80’s. His sister, Sydel, currently plays volleyball at Elon University.
#10 Back in high school, while in the locker room with his team getting ready for a big game, Steph got so hyped that he hit his head on the ceiling while jumping up and down. It wasn’t just a little bump either, in fact, he needed stitches!
#11 The NBA star is a big fan of the cult favorite, The Princess Diaries movie. He used to watch it very often with his younger sister, Sydel, and is quite adept at reciting the lines of the film.
#12 He has been playing basketball ever since he was about two years old. He mentioned this in his 2015 MVP speech, also praising his grandmother for being his commentator.
#13 In Curry's rookie season in 2009, after a loss to the Indiana Pacers, he sent out a tweet promising Warriors fans that the team would “figure this thing out.” He and the GSW delivered on that vow, improving year after year and finally winning the NBA championship five seasons later, specifically in 2015.
#14 Curry is the longest tenured GSW player currently on the roster. He was drafted by the team in 2009.
#15 Curry took home a league of MVP honors for the 2014-15 season after guiding the Warriors to a franchise-best 67-win season. His averages of 23.8 points and 7.7 assists per game were actually slight statistical dips from the year prior, and he averaged the same number of rebounds (4.3) compared to the season before. Nonetheless, Golden State's team dominance with Curry as the best player propelled him to Most Valuable Player honors.
Happy Birthday, Stephen Curry!