All-time Bay Area athlete No. 3: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (NBA)
In contrast to Kyle Madson’s claim Steph Curry is No. 1 on the all-time list for Bay Area athletes (sorry, there are a couple of 49ers alumni we need to include), Curry winds up falling to No. 3 on this list.
That’s not bad, though, even with including recency bias.
Curry helped will the Dubs to that memorable Game 6 win over the Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals, earning his first-ever finals MVP award, the lone accolade that had eluded him thus far over what’s been a legendary career already. One that’s already included setting the NBA record for most three-pointers ever, breaking Hall of Famer Ray Allen’s mark of 2,973 threes made.
Now, he can tack that on to eight All-Star nods and two league MVP awards, one of them a unanimous selection, and we’re all pretty sure those accolades will keep coming.
Two things help separate Curry from the rest of the pack below him, though.
First, having four championships puts him into an elite category, one which few pro athletes can ever garner, let alone Bay Area athletes.
Second, the nature in which Curry changed the game with his pinpoint shooting puts him way up high on this list, too. That can’t be understated, and securing that fourth NBA title only serves to cement his legacy as one of basketball’s 10 best ever.