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"Something or someone has blessed him with a golden touch."
Jim Barnett, color commentator for the Golden State Warriors

Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II (born March 14, 1988) is an NBA guard for the Golden State Warriors. The son of former 3-point specialist Dell Curry, he holds both the NCAA and NBA records for 3-pointers made in a season, as well as the NBA record for three-point shots made of all-time with over 3,000 already made. Along with winning the NBA MVP award in 2014-15 and 2015-16, he led the Golden State Warriors, a long-suffering franchise before his arrival, to the NBA championship, followed by the team setting the single-season wins record with 73 the following year.

In addition to basketball, he's a keen golfer and is the resident golf pro on Holey Moley, which he also executive produces. Curry also provided the startup funding (six years' worth!) for new men's and women's golf programs at Howard University, a historically black institution in Washington, D.C.; the new teams began play in 2020–21.


Tropes associated with Stephen Curry:

  • The Ace: After shattering the record for three-pointers made in a season, and then shattering that record, and then shattering the original record again, he is known around the NBA by fans, players, coaches, and analysts as the best shooter of all time, and definitely the best three-point shooter ever. He's also The Ace with regards to his own time; he's the only player to ever win the NBA's Most Valuable Player in unanimous fashion.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • LeBron James. The rivalry practically writes itself. As if it's not enough that Curry's Warriors and James' Cavaliers are the only two teams in NBA history to meet in four consecutive Finals series (no other pair of teams has done it more than twice), James and Curry are almost the complete antithesis of one another as players. Curry is a masterful shooter who, by NBA standards, is nothing special physically and relies on scoring from the outside. LeBron is arguably the most physically gifted NBA player of all time who scores primarily at the rim. The two get bonus rivalry points for the fact that they were born in the same hospital 3 years apart, Curry to a millionaire NBA player father and LeBron to a single mom on public assistance; the difference is almost comic book-like. Even when James went to Los Angeles with the Lakers, the two still had a rivalry when the two teams met in the Play-In Tournament in 2021.
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    • With James Harden who might be potentially Curry’s most frequent rival back when Harden was in the Western Conference. The rivalry started in the 2014-15 season in which both men were MVP contenders that Curry won out on. In that season’s Western Conference Finals between Curry’s Warriors and Harden’s Rockets, Harden made a vow to show who the real MVP was. The Rockets would lose in five games, one of which was lost because of a great defensive play made by Curry on Harden in the closing minutes. Harden’s Rockets would meet Curry’s Warriors three more times in the playoffs, one was a 2nd WCF meeting, only for the Warriors to win each time. It would be the 2019 Semifinals that would be the dagger in that series. The Warriors roster was highly shredded with key players out including Kevin Durant and Draymond Green going against a healthy Rockets team and still managed to win the series in six games thanks in large part to Curry preforming big in Game 6. With Harden being traded to the Brooklyn Nets and then the Philadelphia 76ers in January 2021 and February 2022 respectively, however, it’s likely the rivalry will be put to rest (or at least not be highlighted as much) outside of potential rivalries in upcoming All-Star Games or even the NBA Finals if they meet there.
  • Bash Brothers: Or more accurately, Splash Brothers with Klay Thompson. The duo is considered a threat beyond the arc, especially with Curry's potency in mind.
  • Every Year They Fizzle Out: Variation - although he has won 3 championships with the Warriors between 2015 and 2019, his performance was always overshadowed by someone else. In 2015, it was Andre Iguodala, and in 2017-2018, it was Kevin Durant. Not only that: in the two years that the Warriors lost in the Finals, it was Curry's missed threes in the dying minutes of the final game that cost the team.
    • Finally averted in the 2022 NBA Finals where Curry gave off a fantastic performance in Game 4 where he scored 42 points on a bad foot and had another strong performance to close out Game 6, earning him his first Finals MVP award.
  • Game-Breaker: Very few players have single-handedly changed the game of basketball, and Curry is undoubtedly one. His unprecedented limitless range and accuracy forced entire organizations to embrace the three point shot more readily just to keep up with Steph's Warriors (since the math does not favor trading two points with the Warriors' three pointers) and players began to purposefully train to shoot from around the logo like Curry, a shot that prior to Steph would've got someone benched for being selfish. Even NBA 2K nerfed digital Curry from his real-life accuracy, noting that a perfect replication would cause online players to simply pick Steph and chuck at will. To wit, in 2010, the season Curry debuted, teams averaged 18 three-point shots a game; by the end of the 2021 season, teams averaged 34 three-point shots a game.
  • Handicapped Badass: Those MVP awards and all those 3-point records he's broken? Turns out he did all of that with less-than-stellar eyesight. And it wasn't until 2019 he started wearing contacts.
  • Hidden Depths: He's renowned for his shooting and is primarily known, rightfully, as a three-point specialist. Go deeper, however, and he proves to be amazing at making shots at the rim as well, and his ballhandling is incredible. He's definitely not just a three-point shooter.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: As a shooter (and especially a three-point shooter), he has the ability to consistently make shots that no other player in NBA history could. He's shown that he has the range to make shots from up to half-court (47 feet) regularly, and will routinely take (and make) jumpers that would get other players benched because of the degree of difficulty.
  • Inspirational Insult: Curry led an entire team who fit this trope in 2016. In the year prior, the Golden State Warriors won the championship against arguably weak and/or hobbled opponents in the playoffs. When the team was slighted for this by fans and the media, and accused of being overrated, they came out the next season like a house of fire. The Warriors won their first 24 games, an NBA record, and finished the season with 73 wins, also an NBA record (and one that many thought was unbreakable). Unfortunately, they faltered in the Finals with a 3-games-to-1 lead and lost the championship to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Like Father, Like Son: His father, Dell, was an accomplished NBA player in his own right, with a similar build and the same talent for making three-pointers.
  • Middle Name Basis: Goes by this rather than his first name, Wardell.
  • Oral Fixation: Whenever the ball isn't rolling, you can bet Curry will be chewing on his mouthguard. Even his digital version does so.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome:
    • Has been on both the giving and receiving end of this trope. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are amazing basketball players, but next to Curry, they are perhaps underrated and/or underappreciated. Thompson, for example, is one of the best shooters of all time, but thanks to Curry, Klay isn't even the best shooter on his own team. So much so, in fact, that some people believe Klay was robbed of a spot on the NBA 75 when they announced the honor at hand.
    • However, when Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors, Durant quickly became the consensus best player on the team, stealing the spotlight after Stephen Curry won back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards (not to say that Curry minds at all, especially with Golden State having won titles in both of KD's first two seasons with the Dubs).
  • Red Baron: He's nicknamed "The Baby-Faced Assassin"; he'd probably still get carded at bars if he wasn't world famous, but he is cold-blooded on the court and his skillset makes him extremely fearsome for opponents.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Draymond Green's red. Curry can trash talk when he wants to, but he's somewhat chill on the court for the most part, whereas Green yells and screams at opponents, referees, and even his own teammates on a regular basis. Although, as perpetually fired up as Draymond is, a lot of players would be blue in relation to him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the 2015-16 season, Curry became the first player in NBA history to receive unanimous votes in favor of being the MVP in the NBA due to the Warriors' record-breaking 73-9 finish to the regular season. Considering not even Michael Jordan or LeBron James ever won MVP awards unanimously, this could easily be seen as his first moment of upgrading his badass levels.
    • After being bounced out of the playoffs in two pandemic-shortened seasons, Curry and the Warriors became this entering the 2021-22 season after people thought their glory days were over with. Entering that season, Curry became the quickest player to hit 100 three-pointers in a season and later became the all-time leader in three-point scoring in the process, to the point of being the first NBA player to ever reach 3,000 threes made in the NBA. As a result, the Warriors regained their credibility as a threat in the Western Conference and the NBA as a whole... all while the team was playing without James Wiseman and Klay Thompson being in action early on! Curry also earned the All-Star MVP honors for that season with 50 points scored off of a record-high 16 three-pointers made in that game. They would go on to win the 2022 NBA Finals with Curry finally winning his first Finals MVP.