Who is Dell Curry?
Dell Curry (Wardell Stephen Curry I) is a former American basketball player who played for the ‘National Basketball Association’ (NBA) franchisees from 1986 to 2002. Dell showed interest in sports from his childhood. While in school, he played both basketball and baseball. But he decided to make a career out of basketball after tasting success in the basketball games played for his school team. After some success at the college level games at ‘Virginia Tech,’ Dell entered ‘NBA’ and played for multiple franchisees. He made his name as an outside shooting specialist. During his ‘NBA’ career, he set an all-time scoring record for the ‘NBA’ franchise ‘Charlotte Hornets.’ He is happily married to his college mate and two of his children are current ‘NBA’ players. Dell continues to be active in basketball as a coach and commentator. He set-up a charitable foundation which provides educational training and counseling for drug abuse.
Childhood & Early Life
Dell Curry was born Wardell Stephen Curry I on June 25, 1964, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States. Most of his childhood was spent in Harrisonburg. Details of his parents are not known. He grew up in a small community of Grottoes with four elder sisters.
Dell showed keen interest in sports from his childhood. He attended the ‘Fort Defiance High School’ located in the town of Fort Defiance, Virginia.
During his school days, Dell was more interested in sports than education. While in high school, he won the state championship in baseball and basketball. Dell used the barn of his coach to practice shooting every day.
While still in high school, he was drafted by ‘The Texas Rangers.’ He appeared in the 1983 and 1984 ‘NIT’ tournaments, finishing third in 1984.
After completing his school, Dell Curry attended the ‘Virginia Tech’ where he became an all-time leader in basketball with 295 steals.
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While at ‘Virginia Tech,’ he played both basketball and baseball. But he focused on basketball later in his career.
After his junior year at the ‘Virginia Tech,’ he was drafted by the ‘Baltimore Orioles’ in the fourteenth round of the 1985 ‘MLB’ (Major League Baseball) draft.
He finished his ‘Virginia Tech’ career with a total of 2389 points and 295 steals, becoming the second all-time and all-time leader for the number of points and steals, respectively. He was a star during his four years of study at ‘Virginia Tech’ along with other contemporary stars like Perry Young, Keith Colbert, Bobby Beecher, and Al Young.
Dell’s ‘NBA’ career started when he was selected as the 15th overall pick by the ‘Utah Jazz’ in the ‘NBA Draft’ for the year 1986.
Dell played just one season in Utah before he was traded to the ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’ in the year 1987. He spent the 1987-88 season playing for this team.
For the 1988-1989 season, Dell was selected to play for one of the two newest teams included for the 1988-1989 season – ‘Charlotte Hornets.’
Dell spent the next ten years in Charlotte. During games, he used to mostly come off the bench to provide instant offense. Dell still ranks amongst the best players of the franchise in statistics like total points earned, games played, goals made/attempted, and field goal percentage.
After playing for ‘Charlotte Hornets,’ Dell played one season for ‘Milwaukee Bucks’ and three seasons for ‘Toronto Raptors’ before retiring from the ‘NBA.’
Dell has a career average of 11.7 points, 1.8 assists, and 2.4 rebounds, which is an impressive record!
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Career After NBA
Dell continued to be active in basketball even after his retirement from the game. In 2007, he was appointed the assistant coach of NBA’s ‘Charlotte Bobcats’ franchise. He resigned from this post before the start of the season due to personal reasons.
In 2009, Dell started working as a color commentator for the ‘Charlotte Hornets’ franchise of the ‘NBA.’
Awards & Achievements
Dell was named as the ‘Metro Conference Player of the Year’ in 1986.
After a long wait, Dell won NBA’s ‘Sixth Man of the Year’ award for the 1993-94 season.
In the year 2004, Dell was inducted into the ‘Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.’
At the time of retirement, Dell Curry had an all-time leading score of 9,839 points in the history of ‘Charlotte Hornets.’
In the year 2016, Dell was awarded the ‘Bobby Jones Award’ at the ‘Athletes in Action All Star Breakfast.’ This award is given each year at the ‘NBA All Star Weekend.’
Personal Life & Legacy
Dell married Sonya Adams, a former volleyball player, who played for her college team at ‘Virginia Tech.’ The couple has three children.
All his children have interest in sports. Dell’s eldest son, Stephen, is an ‘NBA’ player. He plays for the ‘Golden State Warriors.’ His younger son plays for the ‘Dallas Mavericks’ franchise. His daughter Sydel is a volleyball player like her mother.
In 1998, Dell established a charitable foundation called ‘Dell Curry Foundation.’ The charitable foundation is a youth oriented foundation which provides educational training and drug abuse counseling.
Dell Curry is ambidextrous. He can throw the basketball with both his hands. He mastered this skill when he was a child.