But with an insatiable drive to improve, a buttery smooth three-point stroke handed down by his father (Dell Curry, who spent 16 years spacing the NBA floor) and a welcome break from the injury bug, Curry has completed his ascension from college phenom to full-fledged NBA superstar.
In the midst of a career year that's included personal bests in scoring (23.5 points), assists (8.5) and efficiency (23.4 player efficiency rating) along with his first selection to the NBA All-Star Game, the 26-year-old is reaping all the rewards of years of hard work.
Consistent improvement is what Curry's career is all about.
Lightly recruited out of Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, N.C., he settled in at Davidson College and promptly led the Wildcats to their first NCAA tournament victory in 2008 since 1969 (and then two more) during his sophomore season. A two-time All-American and still the leading scorer in the history of the Southern Conference, he was scooped up by the Golden State Warriors with the No. 7 pick in the 2009 NBA draft.
Last season, he guided the Warriors to their second postseason series win since 1991. This year, he has the team positioned to make consecutive playoff trips for the first time in over two decades. At 44-27—sixth best in the Western Conference—the Warriors may be the biggest beneficiaries of his meteoric rise.
Curry discussed his wild basketball ride, his all-time starting five, his involvement with Degree's DO:MORE campaign and more during a phone interview with Bleacher Report on Monday. His recent successes and those of his team have only whetted his appetite.
With championship thoughts running through his head, Curry is ready to help his team do more.