Steph Curry Draft: College Career, Stats, and More

Published 11/07/2020, 5:30 PM EST
GUANGZHOU, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 03: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors attends a commercial event for Under Armour at Asian Games Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Guangzhou, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)


Steph Curry is a generational talent. There are no two ways to look at it. Once he hangs his sneakers up for good, he will be remembered as a player who changed the game of basketball.

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Due to Curry’s out of the world shooting ability today, the whole league is chucking up threes. But why did Curry’s talent go unnoticed in his college days? No one saw Curry explode into a superstar during his college days.

What college team did Steph Curry play for?

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Davidson guard Stephen Curry (30) defends against College of Charleston guard Marcus Hammond (31) during second half action at Belk Arena in Davidson, NC, Saturday, January 6, 2007. The Wildcats defeated the Cougars 81-73. (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)

Curry played for the Davidson Wildcats for 3 seasons before entering the league. In those 3 years, Curry’s impact on the team was quite obvious. He established himself as one of the best shooters in that time-span.

In his freshman year, he contributed 21.5 points per game, but it was just the beginning. Over the next 2 seasons, he kept on improving, and by his final year as a college player, he finished the season averaging 28.9 points per game. Despite his scoring outburst, Curry was not predicted to be a Top-5 lottery pick in his draft class.

When was Stephen Curry drafted?

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) runs down court during their preseason game against the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Warriors defeat the Hornets 126-92. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

Steph entered the NBA draft as a 21-year-old player with a lot of experience under his belt. He was picked up by the Golden State Warriors with their 7th overall pick, and this decision turned out to be gold.

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Looking back at the decision, Steph’s impact on the Warriors has been unmatched. He has led them to 5 consecutive NBA Finals and won 3 of them. While the Warriors enjoyed this success, there is a team that could have enjoyed the same glory if it weren’t for poor decision making.

The Minnesota Timberwolves passed up on Steph not once but twice! In the 2009 NBA draft, they held both the 5th and 6th picks. But they decided to go with Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio.

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While Rubio’s career turned out just fine, Flynn turned out to be one of the biggest NBA draft busts of all-time. This mistake must haunt the Timberwolves to this date, and can we really blame them?

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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