Although ranking the top 30 NBA players in today’s game is an incredibly difficult task, The Last Word on Pro Basketball staff has taken it on. Coming in at number 5 in the countdown is Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.
Top 30 NBA Players
Number 5 – Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry was born in Akron, Ohio while his father Dell Curry was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina with his brother Seth Curry. Curry also spent some of his childhood in Toronto, Ontario.
Stephen Curry was drafted seventh in the 2009 NBA draft by the Warriors. He had a good rookie season averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.9 steals in the 2009-10 NBA season. He finished as a runner-up in the Rookie of the Year Race to Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings. Curry was the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in January, February, and April of 2010.
As a rookie, Curry had an amazing eight 30-plus point games in his rookie season, which was the most for a rookie since LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Curry was the main piece of the Warriors dynasty run that included Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. With Thompsons’ shooting ability, Curry and Thompson would become the Splash Brothers.
Curry would lead the Warriors to the NBA playoffs in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, they upset the Denver Nuggets in the first round. However, they would lose to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals. In 2014, the Warriors would make the playoffs again but would lose a close seven-game series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
This was the last playoff series loss the Warriors have experienced in the Western Conference. In the five subsequent years, the Warriors would make the NBA Finals. This includes four against James and the Cavaliers and one against the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard.
To make it in the top five, Stephen Curry like many players have several strengths that make him special. The biggest strength Curry has is his shooting ability. Stephen A. Smith talks about Curry’s shooting ability on NBA on ESPN last year in only 650 games.
“Steph Curry is the greatest shooter in the history of basketball. Just recently he surpassed Jason Terry to be number three on an all-time list in career three-pointers,” Smith said.
Curry is extremely efficient at the free-throw line. For all but three years in his NBA career, he has averaged more than 90 percent at the free-throw line. Even in the years when he did not average above 90 percent at the free-throw line, he still managed an average above 80 percent in those …read more