It’s good to be Stephen Curry. The cherub-faced Warriors sniper has slowly become one of the best players in the game despite going largely unrecruited out of high school, and largely thought of as a one-skill specialist when he was drafted by the Warriors with the seventh pick in the 2007 Draft. The following five moments transformed him into something else: a possible MVP and perhaps the most exciting player in world today.
What Curry is doing now shouldn’t be surprising. The ‘Dubs superstar was just as incendiary a scorer and brilliant a playmaker during his collegiate days at Davidson.
He rose to national prominence while leading the mid-major Wildcats on an oft-breathtaking NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight in 2008 where they lost to eventual champion Kansas. And as any Jayhawks fan will tell you, the champs were lucky Curry couldn’t get his hands on the ball during the lost possession of their two-point regional final win over Davidson – he was shooting fire all March.
There was a time not long ago when Curry was a question mark. Not due to a lack of skill or overall talent, but because it seems his balky ankles just couldn’t hold up to the NBA grind.
Two surgeries, months of rehab, and constant training later, though, Curry’s become something close to a league iron man – he played in 78 game each of the past two seasons and hasn’t missed a contest in 2014-2015.
The fourth year guard wasn’t named an All-Star in 2013 despite spearheading the Warriors’ turnaround with the type of offensive wizardry to which we’ve grown so accustomed. But he took vengeance out on the league from there, going for 26 points and seven assists a night over the season’s last 30 games – including a career-high 54-point, 11-trey masterpiece on the Madison Square Garden stage.
He wasn’t done once the playoffs started. Curry continued his torrid second half of the season in the first-round upset of the Nuggets, putting up 30 points and 13 assists in a Game 2 upset on the road, 29 and 11 in Game 3, and 31 and seven in thei Game 4 win to wrest control of the series.