28 facts for Stephen Curry's 28th birthday Micah AdamsESPN.com
News flash for Stephen Curry: 27 will be tough to beat. In honor of his 28th birthday, here are 28 things you need to know about Curry’s last 366 days (thanks, Leap Year!).
- The basics: Curry averaged 29.1 PPG, 6.8 APG, 4.9 RPG while shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, including 47.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
- His 29.1 PPG were the most by any player from March 14, 2015 until March 13, 2016.
- While he was busy leading the league in scoring, he was leading his own team in assists. His 540 assists were five more than Draymond Green.
- Nobody benefited more from Curry’s dishing than fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who made 162 shots on passes from Curry. Thompson made more shots off Curry passes than he did off anyone else.
- He’s sported a player efficiency rating of 31.3 since March 14 of last season, best in the NBA.
- His PER in the fourth quarter and overtime over that span? 41.8. Not much context needed there.
- PER in clutch time over that span (final five minutes of fourth quarter and overtime and score within five points)? 42.9. About the context? Ditto.
- He’s played in 73 wins over that span. In those games, he’s sat out the entire fourth quarter 22 times.
- In the fourth quarter, Curry ranks 13th in total points, second in overall plus-minus and first in made 3-pointers -- despite ranking 207th in minutes played.
- With Curry on the court, the Warriors outscored their opponents by 1,059 points. In the more than 1,300 minutes Curry was on the bench, the Warriors were outscored by 155 points.
- He became the second player in franchise history to win an MVP award. The other? Wilt Chamberlain in 1959-60.
- On his birthday last season, Curry ranked 59th in career made three-pointers. One year later, he ranks 25th.
- Notable players he passed include Gary Payton, Steve Smith, Wesley Person, Dennis Scott, Chuck Person, Allan Houston, LeBron James, Manu Ginobili, Mitch Richmond, Dan Majerle, Antoine Walker and, of course, his father, Dell Curry.
- He made 396 three-pointers. Next most? Klay Thompson with 256.
- The gap between Curry and Thompson is larger than the gap between Thompson and the 46th-most over that same span (Patty Mills).
- He dunked five times as a 27-year old. Over that span, he had more dunks than Kobe Bryant (four), Zach Randolph (three) and Kevin Garnett (one).
- Only four players – Russell Westbrook, Trevor Ariza, Chris Paul and Kawhi Leonard – had more steals than Curry.
- Curry scored at least 25 points in a single quarter three times. The rest of the NBA has combined to do it three times over that same span.
- He shot 41 percent on shots from 30 feet and beyond. That’s a higher percentage than Finals adversary Matthew Dellavedova shot inside the paint (39 percent).Most Points Scored on Birthday
Single Game in NBA History
Shaquille O'Neal 61 March 6, 2000
Dominique Wilkins 53 Jan. 12, 1987
LeBron James 48 Dec. 30, 2009
Michael Jordan 46 Feb. 17, 1992
- He scored 50 or more points three times, including 53 on Oct. 31 against the Pelicans, the same team he faces tonight. Only two players in NBA history have ever scored 50 points on their birthdays: Shaquille O’Neal and Dominique Wilkins.
- He raised his career scoring average from 20.8 PPG to 22.2 PPG and in his second-to-last game as a 27-year old, nudged past Charles Barkley into 25th in NBA history in points per game.
- Curry became just the third point guard in NBA history to win an MVP and championship in the same season, joining Bob Cousy and Magic Johnson.
- Curry became just the sixth player in NBA history to win his first MVP and first title in the same season, and the first to do it since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-00.
- He made 98 three-pointers in 21 games in last year’s postseason, obliterating the previous record for most in a single postseason. The previous most was 58 by Reggie Miller in the 2000 postseason.
- His 98 three-pointers in last year’s postseason were more than Larry Bird made in his entire career in the postseason, which spanned 164 games.
- He scored 17 points in the fourth quarters of Games 3 and 5 in the NBA Finals. He’s the only player over the last 40 years to scored 17 or more points twice in the 4th quarter of an NBA Finals game.
- Curry has an NBA title and an MVP by his 28th birthday. When Michael Jordan turned 28, he had no NBA titles and one MVP. The season he turned 28, Jordan won his first title and a second MVP award.
- If Curry caps off 28 the way he did 27 (with an MVP and an NBA title), he’d be just the fourth player in NBA history to win MVPs and titles in back-to-back seasons joining LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell.[/quote]