Is it possible to have 3-point shooting in your DNA? Well, if so then Dell Curry and his offspring have it in spades. Dell Curry was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 15th pick of the 1986 draft. His rookie season didn’t see him get a lot of court time and he would only manage 4.9 points per game and shoot a below standard 28% from the 3-point line. Subsequently, Curry was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers after just one season at the Jazz. Playing for the Cavs in the 87-88 season, Curry would lift his NBA stocks by averaging 10 points a game and shooting a much better percentage from 3-point range.
The Charlotte Hornets were keeping a keen eye on Dell Curry as he finished the 87-88 season, and would acquire him in a trade. The Charlotte Hornets were a new franchise and I’m not sure they would have foreseen the role that Curry would play for them over the next 10 years. Curry would become an excellent 3-point marksman, predominantly coming off the bench for the Hornets. He immediately made an impact averaging 11.9 points per game in his first year at the Hornets. Curry worked tirelessly on his 3-point shooting and had one of the prettiest shooting strokes the league has ever seen.
Dell Curry would become a massive weapon for the Hornets shooting over 40% from 3-point range for 7 straight seasons. He was a part of an iconic Hornets team that would see the likes of Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson. In the 93-94 NBA season the Hornets would be one of the most exciting teams to watch. They were gaining much hype and were a team on the rise. Curry would play a pivotal role averaging a career high 16.3 points per game and hit 152, 3-pointers at 40%. Unfortunately the Hornets would miss the playoffs that year by 1 game, but the league had been put on notice that the Hornets had arrived as a franchise.
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Curry continued to be a consistent performer in his 10 year tenure at Charlotte. In his time at the Hornets he knocked down a total of 929, 3-pointers. Curry would be traded to the Milwaukee Bucks at the end of the 1998 season. The following season he was traded to the Toronto Raptors and would spend 3 seasons there, retiring at the end of the 2002 season. I remember Dell Curry as a Charlotte Hornet, the new franchise, the classic 90s Hornets logo, and the likes of Johnson and Mourning. Curry was the perfect fit for that team and a true icon of the game.
Dell Curry is the father of NBA players’ Stephen Curry and Seth Curry.
Dell Curry is a TV commentator for the Charlotte Hornets.