Stephen Curry is one of the best NBA players right now; definitely a household name, an inspiration to young cagers.
He was always a great shooter and an otherworldly ball handler but only when Curry led Golden State to the championship did the world – well, most people - stop and finally notice him. A game away from their first championship after 40 years, the Warriors were up 105 – 97 less than five seconds left. Curry grabbed the rebound off the three point miss of JR Smith and the game was over. The Warriors were now champions.
“To be able to sit here six years after my rookie year and hold this trophy – it’s an unbelievable experience,” Curry told the press in the post game interview.
Picked seventh overall by Golden State during the 2009NBA Draft, critics were not so sure he was pro-ready. A scouting report even said that Curry would have “limited success”. However, he proved them all wrong. Through sheer determination, a burning passion to win, and the constant will to move forward what made Stephen Curry, Rexona’s newest endorser, into the basketball player he is today.
Here are the highlights of Curry’s journey to greatness:
Though the Warriors were only able to rack up 26 wins, Curry showed flashes of what he was capable of, making records despite not winning the Rookie of the Year award.
► drained 166 threes, most by a rookie in NBA history
► had then-career high 42 points, nine boards, and eight assists becoming the first rookie to post such numbers in each category in the same game since Oscar Robertson in 1961
► Curry gets his first triple-double: 36 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds (only rookie that year to have a 30-point/ 10-assist game; he had five, tying Michael Jordan)
► became the only rookie in history to shoot at least 45% from the field, 40% from three-point area, and 85% at the charity stripe (min of 100 free throws made and 100 three-pointers made)
► was unanimously selected to the First Team All-Rookie, the first Warrior since 2002
Guided by two different coaches on two different years, Curry hit an obstacle, suffered an ankle injury in the 2011-12 season, getting to play only 26 games. The Warriors still finished with consecutive losing records. However, it was all a struggling prelude to a breakout season – for the Warriors and for Curry.
► Curry paced the sophomores in scoring (18.6), steals (1.5), free throw percentage (93.4), and three-point percentage (44.2)
► in his injury year, Curry still finished posted a career-high in field goal percentage (49%) and three-point percentage (45.5%)
The day had come. Curry came back from his injury and asserted himself, willing the Warriors to their first winning season (47-35) and a playoff appearance. Golden State won the first round but fell to San Antonio in the Western Semis. Curry averaged a career-high 22.9 points a game.
► Curry was hot from rainbow territory all season long, draining 272 treys, setting a new NBA record and franchise record
► became the only NBA player to hit 250 threes and hand out 500 assists in a single season
► only player to average 3.0 threes and 6.0 assists
► scored a career high 54 points and 11 threes in New York, the only player to score 50-plus while hitting 10-plus threes
► had 42 postseason threes, adding to the 272 to become 314 threes, helping Steph become the first to have at least 300 in a full season
The progress was slow but it was sure. In what was Coach Mark Jackson’s last year, the Warriors finished with a 51 – 31 record, clinching a playoff spot but losing at the first round to the Los Angeles Clippers.
► led the league in three-pointers made with 261
► led the league in 30-point/10 assist games with 10, and 20-point/10 assist games with 18
► first player in Warriors history to have four 30-pt/15 asst game
► scored 31 pts and 16 assists in 29 mins vs Utah, first player in history to have 30-point/15-assist in less than 30 mins
They finally did it. Facing the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, Golden State showed the heart and passion of a champion, defeating them in six games. Curry received his first-ever KIA NBA Most Valuable Player plum, the second to do so in Warriors history, first in the West Coast era (since 1963).
► named into the First Team All-NBA selection
► set an NBA record of 286 three pointers made, leading the league in that category for the third straight year
► became the fastest player to hit 1000 career threes
The Warriors are for real. Steph Curry is for real. It was very clear to the NBA organization and community that Curry is one of the greatest players in the league. He led the team to another Finals showdown with James and Cleveland but they lost, 3-4.
► led the Warriors to the best regular season in NBA history with a record of 73-9
► won MVP for the second straight year and became the first player in history to be the unanimous MVP
► led the NBA in three point makes (402) and steals (169) and ft percentage (90.7) and ppg (30.1)
► averaged a career-high in steals (2.1)
► set NBA record for three pointers in game with 13 against NOP
► became the 10th player to have 1900 three point makes
► on the way to leading league in three points for fifth straight year
Curry through the years has developed into an all-time great scorer and shooter and it looks like he’s not slowing doing any time soon. Always on the go, always moving towards excellence in his craft, always in motion, whether trying to elude pesky defenders or shooting with his sweet stroke. And to be the best, he only trusts the World’s No. 1 Deodorant. Rexona keeps Stephen Curry feeling dry and fresh all day – both on and off the court. And just like the 2X NBA MVP – Rexona won’t let you down.