Stephen Curry’s Parents: Former NBA Star Dell Curry and School Administrator Sonya Curry

Published 12/14/2021, 10:26 PM EST
Dell Curry chats with his son Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) while sitting on the sideline before the start of their NBA game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

There aren’t many brothers that share the dream of making it into the NBA. However, it is really difficult for siblings to make it into the game and make it big. The Curry Brothers are exceptions to both of these statements. However, just how did they grow into the world of basketball? The main reason for that is their father, who is a former NBA star.


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Stephen Curry just became the all time leader in three pointers made in NBA history. On the other hand, his younger brother, Seth Curry, is also an elite three point shooter. The latter is currently the starting point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers and is slowly rising among the ranks. However, both these brothers practically grew up on the court.

Nov 24, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the ball next to Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry (31) in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

So let’s take a look at Stephen Curry and Seth Curry’s parents.


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Who is Dell Curry?

The Curry brothers grew up in an NBA household with their father, Dell Curry being the anchor. He was an NBA star who played for Charlotte for the most part of his career. It is his shooting prowess that has passed on to both his sons, as he himself was quite a renowned shooter.

Dell Curry never had the usage rate of his son, Stephen Curry. He was more of a role player, starting in just 99 of the 1083 games he played in the NBA. However, the one thing that remains in the blood is their shooting gene. Dell shot a career 40% from three and passed it on to his two sons as well. He spent the prime days of his career in Charlotte before retiring at the age of 38 with the Toronto Raptors.

Both Seth and Stephen Curry picked up basketball when they got the chance to watch Dell Curry play in the NBA. While he never forced the game on to them, the Curry brothers worked hard enough to make it to the ultimate stage.

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Who is Sonya Curry?

While their father is a former 16 year NBA veteran, their mother was also an athlete. Sonya Curry joined Virginia Tech as a student athlete. She excelled in sports such as volleyball, track and field, and even basketball. She also founded her own Montessori school in Charlotte which both the Curry siblings attended. Currently, Sonya Curry is the president at her school in Charlotte.

Virginia Tech became the place where Dell and Sonya would meet. Since then, the two have had three children. While their two sons are NBA players, they also have a daughter named Sydel Curry who is married to Golden State Warriors’ Damion Lee.


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Dell and Sonya Curry have always come out to show support to both their sons. However, after being together for over three decades, the pair recently decided to go their separate ways.

When did Stephen Curry’s parents divorce?

Shortly after passing out from Virginia Tech, Sonya and Dell Curry tied the knot in 1988. They were together for 33 years. However, the pair split up very recently.


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In August this year, Sonya Curry filed for divorce with her husband, Dell. The divorce procedure is still ongoing, but the couple have mutually gone their separate ways.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.