A name that continues to grab headlines not only in the NBA, but also in the sports world is Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry – better known as Steph Curry.
Here’s what you need to know about this splash brother:
1. He Set The NBA Single-Season 3-Point Record…Again
In the 2012-13 season, the 27-year-old point guard bypassed Ray Allen’s mark of 269 that he set in the 2005-06 season – Curry scored 272 baskets from behind the arc that year.
After knocking down 261 triples last year, Curry has followed up this season with breaking his own record. He reached No. 273 in his 45-point performance against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 9, 2015.
With the record-breaking performance, the Twittersphere blew up – one of the more interesting tweets was by Bleach Report’s Kelly Scaletta. It read:
Others tweeted about how he should be the NBA’s MVP and ESPN Stats & Info posted a tweet that showcased just how good Curry’s night and overall game is:
2. He Has a Net Worth of $8 Million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Curry has an overall net worth of $8 million and has a per year salary of $3.4 million.
Following his junior year of college, the 6-foot-3 two-time NBA All-Star was selected by the Warriors as the seventh pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft.
Since then Curry has been a two-time NBA All-Star, 2014 All-NBA Second Team, 2015 NBA Three-Point Shootout champion, 2011 NBA Skills Challenge champion, 2011 NBA Sportsmanship Award recipient and 2010 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
And in 2012, Curry and the Warriors reached an agreement on a 4-year $44 million contract extension.
Oh, and that net worth number doesn’t really factor in his shoes, which were released by Under Armour on January 8, 2015.
3. He Originally Wanted to Play College Ball at Virginia Tech
Born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina native wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps and attend Virginia Tech.
His mom, Sonya, was an outside hitter on the volleyball team from 1984-86, while his dad, Dell, is in the Hokies’ Hall of Fame for his basketball career. He played at Virginia Tech from 1982-86 before being drafted to the NBA by the Utah Jazz. After a season with the Jazz, Dell then played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks before closing out his career with the Toronto Raptors.
Although Curry wanted to play for the Hokies, he never got the opportunity because he only received three scholarship offers from Davidson, VCU and Winthrop.
He chose Davidson and during his freshman year, he was second in the nation in scoring among freshman. Who was No. 1? Well that would be another NBA standout, last season’s MVP Kevin Durant.
Also, during his three-year career with the Wildcats, Curry was held scoreless just one time. It was during his junior season when Loyola Maryland double teamed and face guarded him the entire game – whether he had the ball or not. How did he make a comeback in the next game? He shot a career-high 44 points of course.
Not only did Curry make his mark at Davidson with his scoring abilities, but he also helped lead the Wildcats to their first conference championship game in 38 years.
4. He Is Married to Ayesha Alexander
Curry met Ayesha Alexander in church at the age of 15. The high school sweethearts eventually tied the knot on July 30, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Since then the couple has had one child – a daughter name Riley, who was born on July 19, 2012.
5. His Real Name Isn’t Steph
And we saved the best for last. Curry’s real first name isn’t even “Steph” or “Stephen.” Nope. It’s Wardell.
His full birth name is Wardell Stephen Curry II – named after his father. And speaking of his dad, yeah, he wore No. 30 as well. Like father, like son.