Open up a sports page, scan a sports website, or watch sports on TV, and if the topic is NBA basketball chances are you will hear something about Steph Curry. It’s not surprising considering that his Golden State Warriors won the NBA title last season; he won the league MVP, and his team started this season with 24 straight wins. But let’s take a brief moratorium on Steph Curry and turn our attention to another member of the Curry family, Steph’s dad, Dell. He had a long (16-season) career in the NBA and was one of the most productive players off the bench in league history.
Following are seven stats you may not know about one of the lesser-known members of the Curry family, Dell Curry.
• Dell was the 15th overall pick of the 1986 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. Of the players drafted in that class, Curry ranks fifth in career points with 12,670. Ahead of Curry are Jeff Hornacek, Ron Harper, Chuck Person and Johnny Newman. Curry ranks second behind Newman in games played. Curry and Newman top this class with the most NBA seasons played with 16.
• Curry played more games in the NBA than the 14 players drafted ahead of him
• Curry started only 99 of the 1,083 games he played in the regular season. Even though he was a dependable scorer off the bench, Curry actually averaged more points as a starter (15.4) than as a reserve (11.3). It’s also interesting to note that in games where Curry played 30 minutes or more, he averaged 18.5 points per game; when he played less than 30 minutes in a game his ppg dropped to 10.2
• Dell’s best three-point percentage season came in 1998-99 when he hit 69 of 145 attempts (47.6%). Steph’s best was 45.5%, but through 25 games this season he is hitting his threes at a 45.8% clip.
• One aspect of his game that Dell can hold over Steph is blocked shots; he had 238 career blocks and had seven seasons with 20-plus. Steph has reached 20 blocks in a season only once in his first six years.
• Dell is one of 10 players in NBA history with 3,000 career three-point attempts and a three-point shooting percentage over 40% (he had 3,098 three-point attempts and a three-point percentage of 40.2). The others on that list: Ray Allen, Pejz Stojakovic, Dale Ellis, Kyle Korver, Steve Nash, Glen Rice, Mike Miller, Brent Barry, Allan Houston. (Steph needs 19 attempts to join that club.)
• Dell Curry is the Charlotte franchise leader in points scored and most three-point shots made. He had 9,839 points scored for Charlotte and 929 threes for the team. He will likely hold those records for some time; the closest active member of the franchise to Curry is Kemba Walker who ranks eighth on the all-time Charlotte list with 5,033 points and third on the three-points made list with 408. This is Walker’s fifth season with Charlotte… he has spent his entire career with the team.
• Dell Curry is one of only five players in NBA history to have played 1,000 games and shoot over 45% from the field, 40% from the three-point line, and 80% from the free throw line. The others on the list are Glen Rice, Steve Nash, Jeff Hornacek and Ray Allen.