Dell Curry

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Dell Curry
No. 30
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1964-06-25) June 25, 1964 (age 50)
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Fort Defiance
(Fort Defiance, Virginia)
College Virginia Tech (1982–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career 1986–2002
Career history
1986–1987 Utah Jazz
1987–1988 Cleveland Cavaliers
19881998 Charlotte Hornets
1999 Milwaukee Bucks
19992002 Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 12,670 (11.7 ppg)
Rebounds 2,617 (2.4 rpg)
Assists 1,909 (1.8 apg)
Stats at

Wardell Stephen "Dell" Curry Sr. (born June 25, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player at the shooting guard and the small forward positions who received his education from Fort Defiance High School in Virginia and Virginia Tech.

He then played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1986 until 2002. He now works as a commentator, alongside Steve Martin, on Charlotte Hornets television broadcasts. As of 2013, he is the Charlotte Hornets' franchise leader in points (9,839) and three-point field goals made (929).[1]

Dell Curry is the father of Steph Curry, who played basketball at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and was chosen 7th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2009 NBA Draft. He is also the father of Seth Curry, who played at Duke University after spending the 2008–09 season at Liberty University before transferring and plays for NBA development team Santa Cruz Warriors.

Early life[edit]

Curry was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As a child he would shoot with two hands. Curry broke his left wrist at the age of 9 and was forced to shoot with one hand and develop correct shooting form.

High School[edit]

Curry went to Fort Defiance High School in Fort Defiance, Virginia, and won state championships in both basketball and baseball.

Curry also played basketball and baseball in college at Virginia Tech,[2] and he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round of the 1985 MLB Draft, but opted to continue playing basketball.[3]

College career[edit]

Curry was a four-year starter at Virginia Tech along with contemporaries Bobby Beecher, Perry Young, Al Young, and Keith Colbert. The team appeared in the 1983 and 1984 NIT tournaments, finishing 3rd in 1984. Although the team qualified for at-large bids to the NCAA tournament in 1985 and 1986, it lost in the first round on both occasions.

NCAA basketball did not feature a three-point line during Curry's collegiate career, so his accurate long-range shooting was not rewarded as it would be later in his NBA career.

Dell Curry finished his Virginia Tech career with 2389 points (2nd all-time) and 295 steals (all-time leader) in basketball, and a 6-1 record with a 3.81 ERA in baseball.[4]

NBA career[edit]

The 6 ft 4 inch Curry was selected 15th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 1986 NBA Draft after attending Virginia Tech. He played one season in Utah before moving on to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1987 for another season.

He was selected by one of the NBA's two newest teams for the 1988-89 season, the Charlotte Hornets, in the expansion draft after he was made available by the Cavaliers. In Charlotte, Curry was primarily used off the bench where he was utilized as an instant scoring threat, especially from behind the three-point line.

He played ten seasons for the Hornets 1988-1998 and currently ranks among the franchise's all-time statistical leaders in points, games played, three-point field goals made and attempted, and three-point field goal percentage. He was a regular vote-receiver for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award and the conclusion of the 1993-94 season finally saw him become the recipient of the trophy.

Curry also played one season for the Milwaukee Bucks and his final three seasons for the Toronto Raptors. He holds career averages of 11.7 points per game and 40.2 percent from three-point range. He is the all-time leading scorer for the Charlotte Hornets with 9839 points. In addition, he was the last remaining original member of the team first fielded in the 1988-89 NBA season.

Coaching career[edit]

On June 18, 2007, he was named assistant coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, but he stepped down before the season began so that he could attend his sons' basketball games.[5]

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame[edit]

In 2004, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.[6]


Sonya Curry[edit]

Sonya Adams Curry, Dell's wife, went to Radford High School in Radford, Virginia where she was a standout basketball and volleyball player winning state championships. She chose to play volleyball at Virginia Tech, which is also where she met her husband, former NBA Star Dell Curry. Sonya was a freshman and Dell was a junior when he first asked her out after one of her games. They married in 1988. After marriage and moving to Charlotte, North Carolina Dell and Sonya had two sons and one daughter and she became, and remains, active in charity and volunteer work in the community. She has her own school called Monterossi.

Steph Curry[edit]

Stephen Curry, Dell's oldest son, was born in 1988. He was drafted 7th overall in 2009 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. Curry plays as a guard and is listed at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 185 lb (84 kg).

Stephen played high school basketball at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina and was named all-state, all-conference, and team MVP while he led his team to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances.

Curry played college basketball for the Wildcats of Davidson College. Curry was twice named Southern Conference Player of the Year and set the all-time scoring record for both Davidson and the Southern Conference. He also set school career records for three-point field goals, free throws, 30-point games, 40-point games, and set a single season NCAA record for three-pointers made.

In the 2012–13 season, Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in a regular season with 272 made three pointers. Curry made his first All-Star appearance after he was voted by the fans as a starter for the Western Conference. He finished the season averaging 24.0 points and 8.5 assists; both career bests.

Seth Curry[edit]

Main article: Seth Curry

Seth Curry, Dell's youngest son, was born in 1990.

Seth also played basketball for Charlotte Christian School where he earned all-conference, all-state, and first team CSAA All-American accolades. He went To Liberty University but transferred to Duke University.

He unfortunately went undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft but signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors, but got cut. He currently plays for the Golden State Warriors' NBA development team Santa Cruz Warriors.

Sydel Curry[edit]

Sydel Curry, Dell's only daughter, was born in 1994.

Sydel was a four year starter and three year captain volleyball player at Charlotte Christian School (the same school Stephen and Seth went to). Sydel lead her team to three state quarterfinal appearances. She currently plays indoor college volleyball at Elon University.

The Dell Curry Foundation[edit]

In 1998, Curry established a charitable foundation, the Dell Curry Foundation, which is a youth oriented program in Charlotte, North Carolina. The foundation runs five learning centers in Charlotte to provide educational training and drug abuse counseling.[4]


  1. ^ Charlotte Hornets Career Leaders
  2. ^ "Looking Back... Virginia Tech's Dell Curry". Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  3. ^ "Player Bio". Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  4. ^ a b Sumner, Jim (Dec 5, 2007). "Virginia Tech's Dell Curry". Looking Back... Atlantic Coast Conference. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Dell Curry steps down as Bobcats assistant coach.
  6. ^ "Dell Curry". Class of 2004. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 

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