Dell Curry

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Dell Curry
No. 30
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1964-06-25) June 25, 1964 (age 49)
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
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 playing 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 (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 Bobcats television broadcasts. As of 2013, he is the New Orleans Pelicans' franchise leader in points (9,839) and three-point field goals made (929).[1]

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. He 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 (now New Orleans Pelicans) 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]

Personal life[edit]

Dell Curry is the father of Stephen 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 transferrin and currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers.[7] Seth was invited to join his brother for training camp with the Golden State Warriors in August 2013.[8] He also has a daughter named Sydel Curry. She is a college volleyball player for Elon University.[9][10] His wife, Sonya, played volleyball at Virginia Tech.[4] His hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing, and water skiing.

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. ^ New Orleans Pelicans Career Leaders
  2. ^ "Looking Back... Virginia Tech's Dell Curry". Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  3. ^ "Player Bio". Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  4. ^ a b c 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. 
  7. ^ McCready, Joedy (2009-03-29). "Seth Curry to transfer to Duke". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  8. ^ "Warriors sign Seth Curry, reuniting brothers". 
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