Stephen Curry - NBA Superstar

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Stephen Curry

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When the Golden State Warriors drafted Stephen Curry in 2009, he instantly became one of the best shooters in the NBA. Curry went on to lead his team to an NBA championship in 2015. He won two back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards 2015 and 2016, the second one by unanimous vote -- a first in league history. "I never really set out to change the game," Curry told ESPN after picking up the second MVP. But, that's exactly what he did.

Early Years

Curry was a high school standout at Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina. He was named all-state, all-conference and team MVP while leading his school to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances. During his senior season, he shot nearly 50 percent from three-point range.

When Davidson College in North Carolina landed Stephen Curry, the school hit the college basketball lottery. As a freshman, Curry carried the Wildcats to the 2007 NCAA tournament and set the NCAA freshman season record for three-point field goals with 113. Although Davidson lost to Maryland in the tournament, Curry was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year.

Curry once again led Davidson to the NCAA Tournament during his sophomore season. This time, however, Davidson would make it out of the first round. Curry scored 40 points, going eight-for-10 from three-point range to lead his school past Gonzaga. It was Davidson’s first tournament win since 1969. Davidson would also upset third-seeded Wisconsin that year. Curry would go on to set the record for the most three-pointers made in one season. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were ousted from the tournament by top-seeded Kansas.

Curry opted out of his senior season to enter the NBA.

Golden State Warriors

Despite his lack of size -- Curry is 6-foot-3-inches tall -- the Golden State Warriors used its seventh pick in the 2009 NBA draft on him. He finished his rookie season averaging 17.5 points per game and was unanimously named to the 2010 All-Rookie First Team.

Before the 2012-13 NBA season the Warriors signed Curry to a four-year extension worth $44 million. It proved to be one of the best decisions Golden State had made in several years. The 2012-13 season would become Curry’s breakout year. He averaged 22.9 points in the regular season and led the Warriors to the 2013 NBA playoffs where they won their first-round series over the Denver Nuggets, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the semifinals. 

The Warriors failed to make it to the finals in 2014 but won the NBA title in 2015 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Curry-led Warriors lost a finals rematch in 2016 to Lebron James and the Cavaliers, even though Golden State held a 3-1 advantage and would have needed just one more win to grab its second NBA title in two years. Instead, the Cavaliers were able to make a historic comeback largely by muscling their way to the championship.

The Future

As of spring, 2017, Curry is on the last year of his $44-million contract, but he told the "San Jose Mercury News" that he is happy playing for the Warriors. "Like I've said from day 1 ... this is a perfect place to play. ... There's really no reason that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere."

Still, due to changes that were included in the collective bargaining agreement reached in late 2016, Curry could make as much as $207 million over five years for his next contract with Golden State. Because of complicated salary cap rules, other teams could pay Curry only about $135 million -- so he's likely to stay where is for at least half a decade.