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Dell Curry
Personal information
Born (1964-06-25) June 25, 1964 (age 51)
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
Playing career 1986–2002
Position Shooting guard
Number 30
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 Basketball-Reference.com

Wardell Stephen "Dell" Curry I (born June 25, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1986 until 2002. He retired as the Charlotte Hornets' all-time leader in points (9,839) and three-point field goals made (929).[1] Curry currently works as a color commentator, alongside Steve Martin, on Charlotte Hornets television broadcasts. He is the father of current NBA players Stephen and Seth Curry.

High school career

Curry grew up in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and attended Fort Defiance High School as a youth. There, his high school basketball coach let him use his barn to shoot, and Curry spent hours each day working on his technique. During his time there, Curry won state championships in both basketball and baseball. He finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer, and was named to the 1982 McDonald's High School All-American team. Curry was drafted out of high school by the Texas Rangers in the 1982 MLB draft.[2]

College career

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 third 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. In 1986, Curry was named the Metro Conference Player of the Year. NCAA basketball did not feature a three-point line during Curry's collegiate career; his accurate long-range shooting was not rewarded, as it would be later in his NBA career.

Curry also played baseball for Virginia Tech.[3] He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft but opted to continue playing basketball.[4]

Curry finished his Virginia Tech career with 2,389 points (second all-time) and 295 steals (all-time leader) in basketball, and a 6–1 record with a 3.81 ERA in baseball.[5]

NBA career

Curry was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Utah Jazz in the 1986 NBA draft. He played one season in Utah before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1987, where he spent the 1987–88 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. Curry spent 10 seasons in Charlotte, mostly coming off the bench to provide instant offense, utilizing three-point shooting. He was a regular in the discussions for Sixth Man of the Year, but didn't actually win the award until the 1993–94 season. He 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. Upon departing the franchise in 1998, he was the last player remaining from its inaugural season 10 years earlier.[2]

Curry played one season for the Milwaukee Bucks before playing his final three seasons in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors. He holds career averages of 11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Curry retired as the all-time leading scorer in Hornets history with 9,839 points.[6]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1986–87 Utah 67 0 9.5 .426 .283 .789 1.2 .9 .4 .1 4.9
1987–88 Cleveland 79 8 19.0 .458 .346 .782 2.1 1.9 1.2 .3 10.0
1988–89 Charlotte 48 0 16.9 .491 .345 .870 2.2 1.0 .9 .1 11.9
1989–90 Charlotte 67 13 27.8 .466 .354 .923 2.5 2.4 1.5 .4 16.0
1990–91 Charlotte 76 14 19.9 .471 .372 .842 2.6 2.2 1.0 .3 10.6
1991–92 Charlotte 77 0 26.2 .486 .404 .836 3.4 2.3 1.2 .3 15.7
1992–93 Charlotte 80 0 26.2 .452 .401 .866 3.6 2.3 1.1 .3 15.3
1993–94 Charlotte 82 0 26.5 .455 .402 .873 3.2 2.7 1.2 .3 16.3
1994–95 Charlotte 69 0 24.9 .441 .427 .856 3.4 1.6 .8 .3 13.6
1995–96 Charlotte 82 29 28.9 .453 .404 .854 3.2 2.1 1.3 .3 14.5
1996–97 Charlotte 68 20 30.6 .459 .426 .803 3.1 1.7 .9 .2 14.8
1997–98 Charlotte 52 1 18.7 .447 .421 .788 1.9 1.3 .6 .1 9.4
1998–99 Milwaukee 42 0 20.6 .485 .476 .824 2.0 1.1 .9 .1 10.1
1999–00 Toronto 67 9 16.3 .427 .393 .750 1.5 1.3 .5 .1 7.6
2000–01 Toronto 71 1 13.5 .424 .428 .843 1.2 1.1 .4 .1 6.0
2001–02 Toronto 56 4 15.8 .406 .344 .892 1.4 1.1 .4 .1 6.4
Career 1,083 99 21.7 .457 .402 .843 2.4 1.8 .9 .2 11.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1987 Utah 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 0.0
1988 Cleveland 2 0 8.5 .250 .000 .5 1.0 .0 .5 1.0
1993 Charlotte 9 0 24.7 .433 .286 .818 3.6 2.0 1.4 .0 11.0
1995 Charlotte 4 0 26.8 .471 .429 .909 2.3 1.5 .0 .0 12.8
1997 Charlotte 3 1 16.7 .294 .250 1.000 .3 1.7 1.3 .0 4.7
1998 Charlotte 9 0 19.0 .593 .250 .857 2.1 1.1 .8 .3 5.8
1999 Milwaukee 3 0 16.3 .404 .125 1.000 1.3 .3 1.0 .0 3.0
2000 Toronto 3 0 10.0 .133 .667 .500 .7 .3 .7 .0 2.3
2001 Toronto 12 0 15.2 .500 .378 .833 1.2 .8 .5 .1 6.5
2002 Toronto 4 0 14.8 .422 .800 1.000 1.3 1.0 1.3 .5 7.0
Career 51 1 17.5 .400 .350 .870 1.7 1.1 .8 .1 6.7

Post-playing career

In 2004, Curry was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

On June 18, 2007, Curry was named an 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.[8]

In 2009, Curry started working as a color commentator, alongside longtime play-by-play announcer Steve Martin, for the Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets).

Personal

Curry lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife Sonya, who played volleyball at Virginia Tech, where they met; the couple have three children. His oldest son, Stephen, plays in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors. In 2014–15, Stephen won the NBA MVP award and led the Warriors to the NBA championship. His youngest son, Seth, currently plays for the Sacramento Kings,[9] while his daughter, Sydel, plays volleyball at Elon University.[10]

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.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Charlotte Hornets Career Leaders". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Dell Curry, Steph’s Dad: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
  3. ^ "Looking Back... Virginia Tech's Dell Curry". Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Player Bio". NBA.com. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  5. ^ a b Sumner, Jim (Dec 5, 2007). "Virginia Tech's Dell Curry". Looking Back... Atlantic Coast Conference. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Dell Curry NBA Stats
  7. ^ "Dell Curry". Class of 2004. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Dell Curry steps down as Bobcats assistant coach.
  9. ^ Stephen Curry shares title journey with father Dell
  10. ^ Sydel Curry Bio

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