Golden State Warriors superstar point guard Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter in NBA history, and he has his dad Dell Curry to thank for that. Let's talk a bit more about Stephen Curry's dad Dell Curry.
Stephen Curry's dad Dell Curry
Dell played in the NBA from 1986 to 2002. He suited up for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors before calling it a career after the conclusion of the 2001-02 campaign.
In 1,083 NBA games, Dell managed to average 11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Steph's dad shot 45.7 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 84.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Dell Curry played his college basketball at Virginia Tech. The sharpshooter put up 18.9 points, 4.8 boards and 3.2 assists in 126 collegiate games. The Jazz then drafted Dell with the 15th overall pick in the 1986 draft.
However, Dell only lasted one season with the Jazz. The Salt Lake City franchise traded Steph's father to the Cavs before the start of the 1987-88 season. Dell put up 10.0 points for Cleveland, all while shooting 34.6 percent from 3.
Dell's ex-wife, Sonya Curry, gave birth to Steph on March 14, 1988. The Currys were once again on the move in the summer of '88, as the Hornets drafted Dell in the NBA expansion draft — stealing him away from the Cavs.
Dell Curry's best years in the NBA were with the Hornets. He averaged 14.0 points while shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc in 701 games with the franchise. Dell also won the 1994 Sixth Man of the Year Award. He's the Hornets' all-time leader in games played, two-point field goals and personal fouls.
Dell's stellar run with Charlotte ended in 1999 when he signed with the Bucks as a free agent. Steph's dad averaged 10.1 points while shooting 47.6 percent from beyond the arc in his one year in Milwaukee. He also led the league in 3-point shooting.
In the summer of 1999, Dell joined the Raptors. While in Toronto, Steph and his younger brother Seth would occasionally come to practice and take part in shooting games. Even as a youngster, Steph was draining shots from WAY outside:
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Dell Curry is now the color commentator for Charlotte Hornets basketball. Both of his sons are in the NBA, and he surely couldn't be more proud of them. This is especially true after Dell just watched Steph win his fourth NBA title and first NBA Finals MVP.
While Dell was a proud father watching Steph win another title, unfortunately things haven't been great in Papa Curry's personal life. Dell and Sonya are embroiled in a pretty nasty split. They have lobbed cheating accusations at each other in divorce filings.
It's worth noting, though, that both Dell and Sonya came together to celebrate Steph's latest accomplishments:
Dell and Sonya Curry were married for 33 years before splitting. They met at Virginia Tech, where they were both athletes. They have three kids together: Stephen, Seth and Sydel. While this divorce is certainly unfortunate, hopefully they can wind up having an amicable relationship.