Stephen Curry: NBA Draft Profile

December 24th, 2008

Stephen Curry


College: Davidson

Class: Junior

Position: PG/SG

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 185lbs


Accolades: Second Team All-American - AP (08), Fourth Team All-American - CHN (08), Mid-Major Player of the Year - CHN (08), First Team Mid-Major All-American - CHN (08), Wooden All-American (08), NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player (08), NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Regional Team (08), SoCon (Southern Conference) Male Athlete of the Year (08), SoCon Player of the Year (08), First Team All-SoCon (08), SoCon Tournament MVP (08), SoCon All-Tournament First Team (08), First Team Mid-Major All-American - CHN (07), Mid-Major Freshman of the Year - CHN (07), Second Team All-Freshman - CHN (07), Mid-Major All-Freshman - CHN (07), SoCon Freshman of the Year (07), First Team All-SoCon (07), SoCon All-Freshman Team (07), SoCon Tournament MVP (07), SoCon All-Tournament Team (07), USA U-19 National Team (07).


Scouting Report: The deadliest scorer in college basketball.


Strengths: Scoring machine - can get you 30 even on an off night. Can hit shots from anywhere on the floor. Very crafty - finds ways to score. Can hit tough shots with defenders all over him. Proved his junior season that he can run the point on the college level. Great three-point shooter. Shoots for high % from everywhere (FG, FT, 3pt). Very good footwork. Great at moving without the ball. Solid ball handler. Gets tons of steals. Clutch player. Used to double and triple teams. Takes good care of the ball - solid assist to turnover ratio his junior season. Unselfish - good at setting up teammates. Good pedigree - dad Del played 16 years in the NBA.


Weaknesses: Not a standout athlete - not especially quick or a high leaper. Slight build - needs to add strength and muscle. Will be small for the NBA - even for the point guard position. Other than his junior year he played mostly shooting guard in college - can he play the point in the NBA? While Davidson plays a tough non-conference schedule, their competition in the Southern Conference is rather weak.


Projected 2009 Draft Range: Lottery pick.


Consensus: One of the great debates of this year’s draft class is how good of a pro Stephen Curry will be. While it is highly doubtful he will be as good in the NBA as he is in college, he has enough tools to have a fighting chance to excel in the NBA. Whether he can play point guard in the NBA might be the biggest determinant as to what kind of career he will have.






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CHN's Six-Star Ranking System w/ 2008 Equivalents

= Superstar/All-NBA Potential - Michael Beasley

= Potential NBA All-Star - Derrick Rose

= Consistent NBA Starter - Brook Lopez

= 6th Man/Fringe Starter - Russell Westbrook

= Career Reserve - Roy Hibbert

= Fringe NBA Player/12th Man - JR Giddens

0 stars = Life in the Minor Leagues - Drew Neitzel