Steph Curry has got it made.
The Golden State Warriors guard, and reigning league MVP, is one of the hottest players in the NBA and he’s got his team looking to win its first NBA championship sine 1975. Curry’s life away from the isn’t too bad either. The 27-year-old boasts one of the most photogenic families in sports and his home life is a big part of what has drive his success on the basketball court.
Curry, 27, and his wife Ayesha are already parents to the internet-famous Riley and are expecting their second child in the next few months. But the Curry family is more than just those three. In fact, the Curry’s boast a long legacy of athletic talent beginning with dad Dell and mom Sonya.
It’s no wonder Steph is smiling so often.
Here’s what you need to know about the Curry family:
1. Steph & Ayesha Have Been Married Since 2011 & Have Known Each Other for Years
Steph and Ayesha met when they were teenagers in a youth group at Central Church of God in Charlotte, North Carolina but their relationship didn’t actually begin until several years later. They started dating when they were both working in Los Angeles, Ayesha in acting and Steph playing basketball, and actually “made it official” when they both moved back east to Charlotte.
After three years of dating, Steph proposed to Ayesha in her parents driveway; on the spot where the couple shared their first kiss. Ayesha explained the moment to The Charlotte Observer:
He asked me if I knew where we were standing. It was the spot where we had our first kiss. He pulled me close and started saying all these sweet things and then dropped down on one knee. I was in a state of shock.
The pair were married in July 2011 in their childhood church and welcomed their first child, Riley, in 2012. They’re currently expecting their second child next month.
2. Riley Curry Made Headlines for her Post-Game Antics During the Warriors’ Playoff Run
While Steph has spent the better part of this postseason run sinking circus-type shots, his daughter, Riley, has stolen the spotlight as well. The two-year-old first made waves when she appeared in a Golden State post-game press conference with her dad during the Western Conference Finals and her antics prompted a metaphorical eruption of adorable across social media.
Riley’s performance was not without some critics. Several members of the media suggested her post-game presence was disruptive and took away from what Steph was trying to say about the game. So, naturally, Riley came back to post-game a few days later.
She was even more adorable then.
Since her post-game appearances Riley has been documented in the stands and on the sidelines and has eve been spotted reenacting her dad’s famous chest bump after he drains a three-point shot. Riley is also a frequent presence on her mom’s Instagram and recently made an appearance on Ayesha’s online cooking show.
3. Dell Curry Was a Long-Time NBA Player
After being initially drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1986 draft, Dell was eventually optioned out to the 1988 Expansion Draft where he became the first-ever Charlotte Hornets basketball player.
Dell spent 10 seasons with Charlotte, mostly coming off the bench with a game-changing shot, and, finally, won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award after the 1993-94 seasons. He is still the all-time leader in points, three-point field goals made, and total games played with the Hornets.
Dell retired in 2002 but maintained his connections with Charlotte and worked as the team’s radio color commentator until he was named director of player programs in 2014. He’s also still got that jump shot. Dell joined his son Steph in the Shooting Stars Competition as part of All-Star Weekend this season.
4. Sonya Curry Took the Twitter World By Storm When She Was Seen Courtside This Postseason
Sonya, 48, is a former volleyball standout and she’s been married to Dell since 1988. The Curry matriarch nearly broke Twitter when she was shown several times cheering on Steph as the Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.
It should be no surprise that Sonya has been in the stands throughout her son’s playoff run. The former athlete has been a long-time supporter of her children’s athletic careers and even away from sports Sonya has been a constant factor in her children’s lives. She and Dell opened a Montessori School in Lake Norman, North Carolina and taught all three of her children before they attended high school.
Of course, she’s also ready for a little bit of fun:
5. Steph’s Younger Siblings – Seth & Sydel – Are Also Athletes
Athletics run deep in the Curry family and Steph’s younger siblings – Seth and Sydel – are no exception.
Seth played his college basketball at Duke and is currently a guard for the Erie Bay Hawks in the NBA’s D-League. He’s also been spotted in the stands with his family throughout the Finals run.
The youngest Curry, Sydel, is also a volleyball player – like her mom – and currently plays setter at Elon College. She was interviewed by ESPNW for a piece on Steph earlier this year. Sydel has also been vocal on Twitter throughout the Finals and even live-tweeted the Warriors loss in Game 3 on Tuesday night.