As Warriors guard Stephen Curry is set to become the all-time leading scorer in Golden State, it’s a perfect time to take a look back at the basket that started every Curry flurry we’ve ever seen (technically).
Curry is currently 89 points away from the franchise scoring mark, held by larger-than-life NBA legend, the late and amazingly great Wilt Chamberlain, AKA “Wilt the Stilt.”
Curry will chip away at the record some more (or maybe break it in one game? Naw … but hey ya never know) on Friday night against the Wizards at Chase Center, and then on Saturday against the Rockets. By the time Golden State plays the Nuggets on Monday, the record will likely be teetering and ready to fall.
In the meantime, here’s a look at that first-ever basket from Curry, from wayyy back in in 2009. That’s two decades ago, sort of.
Okay, so as it turns out, you have to click that tweet to watch the video. But here’s a more complete look at Curry’s debut, via YouTube. You can catch Curry’s first hoop at about 55 seconds in. Plus, you can see his first missed hoop, and presumably his first steal.
I like that Curry’s first bucket was a mid-range shot. Mark my words, as Curry grows older and remains an NBA player, he’s going to hit a ton of those. It will be easy money thanks to his 3-point prowess, and the 2-point jumper will be easier on his body. Think of Suns G Chris Paul as he’s grown older. He shoots those all the time.
But most importantly, the Warriors need some wins. The plan for Curry is surely to rack up points and earn the record during victories that keep his team alive in the playoff hunt.
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