73-9. With a winning percentage of just over 89%, the Golden State Warriors took the basketball world by storm in the year following their first NBA championship since 1975. And right in the middle of their success was back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry. His electrifying play and enjoyable personality has made him one of the NBA’s biggest stars. Stephen Curry is my Athlete CRUSH not only for his incredible Skill on the court, but for the ways that he has displayed his Character on a global scale.
The three-point shot was adopted into the NBA for the 1979-1980 season. In that time, many greats have made their mark using the three-point shot, including Reggie Miller and Ray Allen. This past regular season, Curry was electric and broke his previous three-point field goals in a single season record, which was an incredible 286 three-point field goals. His total this year of 402 topped that mark by 116! But the number of shots he made is not the only thing that is impressive. Just watch his best three-pointers this season:
The crossovers. The step backs. The shots from 30+ feet. The shots from half court. The shots with a defender in his face. He sinks them all and makes it easy. Standing at 6’3” and 183 lbs., Curry has a prototypical point guard build and Skill set with the shooting ability of a Harlem Globetrotter in a video game. His shooting ability was on full display in Game 7 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he made 7 three pointers and scored a total of 36 points as the Warriors took the game 96-88. But what people may not know is that the Warriors playoff dreams are not the only thing impacted by his impressive shooting.
Stephen Curry has been working with the organization Nothing But Nets since 2012. Nothing but Nets is a global campaign through the United Nations Foundation that provides nets to be put on beds in sub-Saharan Africa to protect children from malaria. (For more NBA player charity involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa, make sure to check out Athlete CRUSH’s Bismack Biyombo article http://www.athletecrush.com/basketball/athlete-crush-bismack-biyombo-congo/) This past season marked the fourth year of Curry’s “Three for Three Challenge”, in which Curry donated three nets for every three-pointer he makes during the season. In a record breaking season for Curry, he donated 1,206 nets to Nothing But Nets. In a press release about his challenge, Curry noted that he is “honored to be in a position to help raise awareness for the campaign and provide nets to protect families from malaria.” His work with this organization shows his strong Character that others can look to for how to use their success to impact change around the world.
Watching Curry is one of the most surreal and enjoyable experiences for me as a basketball fan. He displays a level of confidence and ability that is simply fun to watch. All eyes will be on the NBA Finals matchup of superstars, as Curry and the Golden State Warriors take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. And knowing about Curry’s work with Nothing but Nets makes each of his three-pointers just a little more special.
Posted 1 June 2016