Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has had the best year of his career. He won the 2014-15 season MVP award and then went on to lead his team to their first NBA Championship since 1975 this past June. Since then, Curry's fan base has gone through the roof, not only for his play on the court, but also for his actions off the court involving his family and others.
Curry is the most popular NBA superstar in the league at this point, no questions asked. His personality, his family, his unselfishness, and of course his shooting and play on the court has gained him respect from fans, coaches, and players.
Curry and the Warriors were the center of attention to start the 2015-16 season as well as they started the season 24-0 before finally losing to the Milwaukee Bucks. Curry has been unreal this season. Just when you thought Curry could not get any better, he proves all the doubters wrong. Curry and the Warriors are looking like they want another NBA Championship and Curry may add another MVP trophy along with that.
What makes Curry so loved by the public? Is it his family, his humbleness, or just his exciting play on the court? Well there are various reasons to love the current MVP and everything he does on and off thee court.
Here are 15 of those reasons.
15 Following in Father's Footsteps
If you know Steph Curry then of course you know his father Dell Curry, who played in the NBA for 16 seasons. People that were fans of Dell in the past are most likely fans of Steph, especially other former players who have their sons playing in the league as well.
Dell was also a great shooter, although his son Steph may possibly be the greatest shooter ever, Dell taught him the in-and-outs of the game, especially how to shoot. People all around respect and love the relationship they share on and off the court. Curry is definitely a product of his father, not just by his play but also by his humble attitude on the court.
14 Curry's Passion/Calmness
Curry shows his passion for the game every time he steps on the court. Curry really shows his love for the game when he hits a big shot or a three pointer, which is basically every other play. Although Curry shows that he is passionate, he is also a very calm player.
Whether the Warriors are down by 20 points, or Curry is having a bad game, he rarely shows his frustration on the court. Curry always has a calm reaction whether the Warriors are wining or losing, setting an example for his teammates to never give up or show weakness to their opponents.
Curry is loved by the female community, not necessarily for the way he plays, but more so for the way he looks. He is lightskin with cat eyes and it just so happens that he is an athlete as well, which makes females love him more. What makes women love him even more is that he is humble, a family man, and a great father. It is easy to see how the female population can be drawn into Stephen Curry.
12 How Curry Met Ayesha Curry
Curry met his current wife Ayesha Curry when they were in North Carolina. They were both part of a youth group at the Central Church of God in Charlotte, N.C. and started dating as teenagers. After dating for three years, Curry proposed to his Ayesha in her parent's driveway in 2011. The following year they had America's favorite daughter, Riley Curry.
In a world where marriage is starting to become more irreverent and cheating on spouses is becoming the regular, Curry and his wife Ayesha have set the tone for how a relationship should be. The public envies how they met and have stuck with each other through thick and thin, good and bad times. Steph and Ayesha are the perfect example of #relationshipgoal.
The one thing Curry loves to do just as much as play basketball is dancE. Whether it's during pre-games, during the game, after the game or on social media, Curry loves to show off his dancing skills. Now Curry may not be the best dancer but he does love to do it regardless of what the public thinks. Many like it because he does it with passion and likes to joke around when he does. It's the little things can make a personal likeable as this example proves for Curry.
10 Good Father
In a world where children not having a father in their lives is becoming the norm, especially in the African-American community, Curry has proved that there are still good fathers out there who care for and love their children. America met Curry's daughter Riley last year during the NBA playoffs and fell in love with the bond her and Curry shared.
Curry shows his love for his daughter before and after games, and he posts various videos and photos of them together doing different activities on social media. Curry and Ayesha brought a new baby girl into the world earlier this year named Ryan Curry. Curry is a father not only fathers around the world can appreciate but also single parents.
Curry is actually a pretty funny guy. I'm pretty sure his teammates and coaches see this every day, but the public can see his funny personality through his social media pages. Whether it's something he does with his teammates, family or friends, Curry likes to have fun and show a different side of himself that people do not see on the court. Having a sense of humor is important in the world of high-stress professional sports.
8 Team Player
You would think that as good as Curry is, he would be a Westbrook, Kobe, or Allen inversion type of player that demands the ball and then basically shoots or passes on their own terms. However, Curry is far from that type of player.
On the court, Curry trusts his teammate's abilities as much as his own. When its late in the game, he never demands the ball although most times its because the coach draws a play up for him, but even when his team is down, he never demands the rock. Curry is the definition of a true point guard.
7 His Pure Shooting
Curry has become the type of player that every time he shoots the ball, opponents hold their breath. Curry's shooting has become so surreal that people are more surprised when he misses a shot then when he makes one. What makes his shot even better is the release of it. Curry releases the ball as quick as 0.3 seconds, which means he doesn't need much time or space to get his shot off.
Curry is already being declared as the best shooter in NBA history just because he can shoot from anywhere on the floor thanks to his quick release with the accuracy. The crazy part about all of this is Curry is only 26-years-old. Let that sink in.
With all this talent, the MVP award, the NBA Championships, starting this season 24-0, you would think Curry would have a little cockiness to him. That's not the case. Curry is the same person that he was when he first entered the NBA with the Warriors in 2009.
Curry never talks trash or tries to get in the head of his opponents. Curry just lets his game do the talking, as well as his teammates. Curry humbleness carries over to his teammates as well, setting the example of how a first class athlete should act.
5 Relationship with Wife
Ayesha and Stephen Curry are not your typical couple. They love to have fun and live life to the fullest. On social media they are seen making parody videos together. Their latest video on Instagram was a parody of the movie Frozen, where they acted out a scene together that got over 648,000 likes.
Their most famous moment was when they made up their own version to Drake's song "0 to 100," where Drake actually mentioned Curry in the song saying "I been Steph Curry with the shot, Been cookin' with the sauce, Chef Curry with the pot, boy." Well, the couple decided to have a little fun and made a remix song called "Chef Curry." This is when the public fell in the love with the young couple.
4 Social Media
Curry is not only entertaining on the court, but off the court as well. Curry finds a different way all the time to keep his 6.9 million followers entertained on Instagram. Whether it's videos of him, his wife, daughter, friends, or teammates, Curry finds a way to keep his followers satisfied.
He also shows pictures that are worth a thousands words, such the one of his three-year-old daughter Riley kissing his newborn baby Ryan on the cheek that has over 698,000 likes.
Curry has expressed his religion publicly multiple times and is never ashamed to talk about it. Every time the ball goes through the net, he shows his faith in Christ literally. "I try to use every game as an opportunity to witness. I try to do a little signal every time I make a shot as a way to preach the message in little ways that I can," Curry told Active Faith. "Each game is an opportunity to be on a great stage and be a witness for Christ. When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent, who I believe in."
Many people love Curry just because of his faith in Jesus Christ and they have never seen a Warriors game. They are fans of him because of his religion, kind of like a Tim Tebow, except Curry actually has talent.
2 His Daughter Riley
During the NBA Playoffs of the Golden State Warriors NBA Championship run earlier this year, Curry's daughter reveled herself to the crowd. It's not uncommon for players to bring their kids to press conferences after the game, like LeBron James, Chris Paul, and others have done in the past, but usually their children sit there quietly and stare at the hundreds of people asking their fathers questions. Not Riley Curry. Riley acted like she was home during Curry's press conference.
She would talk to Curry as he was answering questions and run around the media like a playground or like she was playing hide-and-seek with them. It got so bad where the media started asking Curry questions about Riley instead of about the game that just happened. America fell in love with Riley, and the fact that she has those cute eyes and curly hair makes her irresistible to the public eye.
1 Exciting Player
The most obvious reason to love the current NBA MVP is because he is the most exciting player we have seen since Allen Iverson. Curry has become that player you want to watch play every game. Whether the Warriors are playing the Philadelphia 76ers or the Cleveland Cavaliers, as long as Curry is playing, it's a must watch game.
From his shooting, to his dribbling, to his passes, Curry puts on a show every time he steps on the court. Curry is getting better every year, which means we can expect to watch this show for many seasons to come.