Stephen Curry's five-year career for the Golden State Warriors has been a terrific one. But as a rookie primarily heralded as a deadly outside shooter, questions over his lack of strength and experience as a point guard loomed over Curry.
However, he quickly proved he belonged in the NBA, despite nagging injuries that prevented him from playing consistently healthy seasons. The sharpshooter dazzled with his ridiculous range, underrated quickness and craftiness around the rim.
Now, half a decade into his career, Curry is one of the best point guards in the NBA.
And more recently, it can be argued that he is among the best players. After being snubbed from the 2012-13 All-Star team, Curry attacked the second half of the season with a vengeance. He poured in 40-point performances, constant double-doubles and fueled a postseason stint that nobody saw coming.
Through his first four years, Curry made 147 more three-pointers than anyone in NBA history. The former Davidson Wildcat had officially broken through.
However, he has done so in the most unusual of ways. Curry's style of play has differed from the generational evolution of the position, which is now being played by lightning-quick players with endless athleticism.
He has developed his own mold.
Curry's production comes off his ability to shoot from anywhere in the gym, whether off the dribble or catch. He doesn't use extreme explosiveness but rather uncanny shiftiness to escape defenders. Curry finishes with elegant precision around the rim by using floaters and crafty layups instead of jaw-dropping dunks.
His complete, unique scoring repertoire mixed with improved passing skills has fueled him to NBA stardom.
Let's take a look into his greatest performances as a professional.