Is Steph Curry even real? Curry has scored 237 points in 233 minutes so far this season. His 179 points in the first five games are the most since Michael Jordan’s 1991-1992 season. He’s averaging 33.9 points, six assists and five rebounds per game for the Golden State Warriors while shooting 55 percent.
On Oct. 31’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Curry scored 28 points in the third quarter alone. What could be more spectacular than that? The team is 7-0 and the reigning MVP told reporters that his Warriors are “even better than last year.”
Curry’s phenomenal start to the 2015-2016 season is making commentators and NBA analysts debate whether or not he’s now the best player in the league.
Is he better than LeBron James and Kevin Durant? Sports Illustrated lists Steph Curry as the 4th ranked player in the league, behind James, Durant and Anthony Davis, listed first, second and third, respectively.
Few players have closed the gap between the rest of the NBA and James, as he’s been holding the top spot in the league since 2010.
In a basketball world that overwhelming supports James, Curry is bringing a new name into the conversation of “greatest basketball players of all time.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 4, Curry led the Golden State Warriors to a 112-108 victory over their rival team, the Los Angeles Clippers. Curry put up 31 points in the win and reminded basketball aficionados all over the country that the MVP has gotten even better in the off-season. “Chef Curry” isn’t just spicing things up; he’s on fire.
Who really is Steph Curry and how has he become a household name?
Curry graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina and led his team to face the number-one ranked Kansas in the 2008 midwest regional finals, in which Kansas held on by a mere two points.
After being selected seventh overall in the 2009 draft, Curry averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 assists and was named First-Team All-Rookie. For the past few seasons, Curry has been a consistent shooter and an excellent passer, but he did not become a household name until his superstar 2014-2015 MVP season.
Perhaps one of Curry’s best facets is his modesty, and that he has never forgotten where he came from.
In September of this year, he brought the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy back to his alma mater. In an interview, Curry told ESPN, “This is where the whole story started and I know how much the Davidson alumni and community supports me, so this is very special.”
“He makes everyone so proud that he’s a Davidson guy,” Davidson men’s basketball coach Bob McKillop said.
Also Curry’s precious daughter, Riley, added some adorable attention to his name by making appearances at his press conferences last season, as if her famous MVP father needed any more coverage.
The Warriors improved to 7-0 as Curry squared off against his little brother, Seth Curry, and the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, Nov. 7. It was a rough night for Curry, who was eight for 18 from the field and two of ten from three-point range.
After the game Curry told reporters, “Never too high, never too low; that’s my motto. I’m not expecting to shoot lights out every game.”
Even on an off-night, Curry still managed to put up 21 of his 24 points in the second half and led his team to their best start since moving to the West Coast. Unfortunately, Saturday night didn’t present a big brother versus little brother showdown. Seth Curry never left the bench because of a sprained ankle.
Nevertheless, Steph Curry is ready to face his little brother in the NBA.
He told reporters after the game [about playing his brother], “We get them three more times. We will get our shot.”
So when are the Warriors going to lose and will Steph Curry keep this streak up throughout the season? The Golden State Warriors return home to host the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 16.
With Curry’s MVP confidence and a championship team behind him, the Warriors are arguably the most terrifying team in the league to face. The champion Warriors and the reigning MVP have picked up the 2015-2016 season right where they left off the last.
We are all witnessing a new Curry era of basketball unfold. Stay tuned for an exciting season.