Steph Curry’s mom (and Dell Curry’s wife), Sonya Curry, is the heart and soul of the Curry cheering section. This cheering section also extends to Seth Curry, a Duke alumni who now plays for the Sacramento Kings.
Dell Curry’s wife attended Virginia Tech back in the 80’s. She was playing team volleyball and leading in aces. Dell got drafted to the Jazz in 1986, bounced to Cleveland after a year and finally landed with the Charlotte Hornets, a new team at the time. Clad in aqua bluish-green (also known as turquoise for those aspiring experimental team uniform designers), Dell would launch five 3-pointers a game. Turquoise Dell Curry, that’s the guy I remember. He did, in fact, lead the NBA in 3-point FG percentage in 1998 playing one season for the Bucks alongside burgeoning downtowner Ray Allen.
His glory days were with the Hornets, though, and he was on one of the most exciting teams of the early 90’s with guys like Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues, Hersey Hawkins, and Scott Burrell. They could never quite fully launch themselves into contenders, always running into teams like the Knicks and the Bulls, who dominated the eastern side in that era.
If you look at old Hornets games from back in the day, you’ll probably spot Steph Curry’s mom Sonya Curry doing her thing in the crowd. You’ll definitely see her at some point if you turn on a Golden State playoff game now. The Curry family really should have their own reality show.
Stephen Curry actually shares the exact same name as his father: Wardell Stephen Curry II. Nothing like keeping that time-honored tradition of naming your kids Wardell. In all seriousness, Steph has become one of the league’s premier shooters. You can tell immediately how good of a shooter he is by looking at his 3PA per game and then looking at this 3P%. He shoots eight 3’s per game and still somehow keeps his percentage well above 40%. He may be the best long-range shooter in the game. Guys that lead the league in 3-point percentage always end up not being pure outside bombers, shooting a couple a game at most. He shoots more than 600 three-pointers a season! I can guarantee he used to have shooting competitions with his dad growing up.
It’s also worth mentioning that Steph Curry’s sister, Ayesha Curry, plays team volleyball like her mom, and she’s also part of the Golden State cheering section.