The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Championship, 129-120. In five games, they defeated the defending champs and LeBron James. For the Warriors it was there second title in three years and they couldn’t have done it without the likes of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.
The Warriors know if they want to continue their success story they have to keep Durant and Curry happy, both of which are free agents. Well, it looks like Curry is going to be VERY happy and stay in the Bay for at least 5 more years.
Stephen Curry, two-time NBA MVP has just agreed to a five-year, $201 million extension — the richest contract in league history — with the Golden State Warriors, his agent Jeff Austin of Octagon told ESPN.
Amazing isn’t it? Kevin Durant must be licking his chops after this news!
Curry is the first NBA player to cross the $200 million threshold. Is this what’s going to become the norm? HOLY COW!
Stephen Curry is only an 8-year NBA veteran. In Game 5 of the finals, Curry had 34 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. But Curry’s best asset is 3-point shots. In just one game alone Curry racked up 13 3-point shots.
This season Curry made 324 3-point shots and that wasn’t even his best year. Back in 2015-2016, Curry made 402 which ranks first as the all-time record in a single season for 3-point shots. In fact, Curry holds 4 of the top 5 records and 5 of the top 10 records for the most 3-point shots in a single season. Incredible!
There is no doubt, Stephen Curry is one of the best players in the NBA and one of the greatest 3-point shooters of all time.
He has led the league in 3-pointers for five consecutive seasons, and his career total of 1,917 ranks 10th all time. His career 3-point shooting percentage is 43.8, the third-highest all time.
Speaking of records, want to know a funny fact?
In 2013, Curry and Thompson (his teammate), were nicknamed the “Splash Brothers” for setting the NBA record for combined 3-pointers in a season (484) a recornd they broke in 2014 (525) and 2015 (678).
Curry holds a career average of 22.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game over 8 seasons.
The crazy part, Curry had recently been playing on a $44 million contract for 4 years. To land this 5 year contract extension of over $201 million surely makes those 3-point shots seem like a pretty sweet deal.
It’s not bad for the son of a former NBA player, Dell Curry who played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets.
In college, Stephen played for Davidson, where he was twice named Southern Conference Player of the Year.
As a college player, Curry was great at 3-point shots as well. He set the all-time scoring record for Davidson and the Southern Conference. Curry also set the single-season NCAA record his sophmore year for 3-pointers.
Then in 2009, Curry was selected as the 7th overall pick in the NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. His contract was for 4 years and worth $12.7 million. Curry’s second contract was for 4 years and $44 million. Now, it’s $201 million and 5 years.
That’s like starting at $3 million a year salary and going to $40 million a year. For a two time MVP player, I’d say that’s not too bad for a sweet 3-point shooter, wouldn’t you?
But when it comes to his basketball skills, Curry gives the real credit where credit is due. As he spoke about his faith during his MVP speech by saying,
“People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that’s because of my Lord and Savior.”
He also said the reason that he pounds his chest and points up is that he has a “heart for God” and as a reminder that he plays for God.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
It looks like Steve Curry has not only been a great gift – the skill of shooting 3-pointers, but he has been rewarded in many ways as well for his talent and faith.