I spoke to Stephen Curry one-on-one Sunday night by phone, and much of that interview was published in Tuesday’s newspaper and online. But here’s a little more about one of Charlotte’s favorite sons. These eight numbers are all significant to Curry’s once-a-season visit to Time Warner Cable Arena as undefeated Golden State takes on the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night:
19-0 That’s the record Golden State brings to Charlotte, as the Hornets try to beat a team that won the most recent NBA championship. The Warriors narrowly averted a loss Monday night at Utah, winning 106-103 in a game that Curry finally sealed with a go-ahead 3-pointer and two free throws in the final minute.
25.7 Curry’s points-per-game average in his career against Charlotte. It’s the second-highest scoring average he has posted against any single foe in his career.
31.6 Curry’s points-per-game average through Golden State’s 19-0 start this season, which easily leads the NBA. That’s almost eight points per game more than he averaged during his MVP season in 2014-15.
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44.1 Curry’s career percentage on 3-point attempts. It only seems higher.
77 Number of 3-pointers Curry hit in November. The mark broke his own NBA record for most treys in a month.
500 Milestone win recently reached by Curry’s college coach, Bob McKillop, who guided Curry’s career for three years at Davidson.
“That’s a huge accomplishment,” Curry said of McKillop’s 500th win. “I’m proud to have been a part of a few of those wins and to see him still leading the guys. People who have been in the program know this, but while he’s got 500 wins, he’s got a lot more wins than that off the court.”
1,245 Career 3-pointers for Dell Curry, Stephen’s father, the 16-year NBA veteran who will be honored by the Hornets on Wednesday night. (Steph, in his seventh season, has 1,285 3-pointers in his career so far).
“It’s going to be special that he will be honored then,” Curry said. “It’s always kind of fun and emotional, playing in front of my Pops while he calls the game (on TV as a Hornets broadcaster). I’m sure they will have some in-game stuff on the big scoreboard, and I might get a little distracted watching that, but other than that, it should be fun for my whole family. It’s kind of like having a Curry-fest all night.”
5 Number of Carolina Panthers jerseys that Curry says he owns. A huge Panthers fan, Curry already has banged the “Keep Pounding” drum this season for Carolina and says he has a vision of the 11-0 Panthers becoming the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to go the entire year without losing a game.
“I never miss a game,” Curry says, “even if I have to watch it on my phone. Now it’s nice because the Panthers are winning now and they get a lot of national coverage, so it’s easier to find them on TV and watch them like a regular person in Charlotte would.”