Most of the time, a parent wants what’s best for their child.
Dell Curry spent 16 seasons in the NBA as a member of the Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks. In 1,083 career games, he posted a total of 12,670 points, averaging 11.7 per contest.
Now with sons Steph and Seth playing in the NBA, Dell has an opportunity to watch both sons try to one-up his accomplishments on the court.
As the back-to-back MVP of the league, Steph has already done that. But, early in the third quarter on Friday night in a close 103-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, he hit a three-pointer to really seal the deal.
Steph moved from No. 211 on the all-time scoring list to No. 210, but passed his dad in the process.
Steph has scored 12,682 points over eight seasons in the NBA, which is about half the time his father played in the Association, just to put it in perspective.
According to NBA.com, Steph and Dell Curry are the only father-son pair in league history to both score more than 12,000 career points.
It’s easy to see how Dell’s guidance rubbed off on Steph, not only from their similarly-quick shot releases, but from the general way in which the men carry themselves both on and off the court.
While it certainly must have been an honor for Steph to pass his dad, there are more pressing matters to think about at the current moment.
While he dropped 26 points along with six rebounds and seven assists on Friday night, Steph shot just 10-of-27, including 1-of-8 from three-point range.
Over the last 10 games, he’s shooting under 30 percent from three-point range, which is unheard of for the man who is widely considered as the best shooter in the world.
Further, since Kevin Durant got hurt, he may be forcing up shots, as indicated by the following.
As a whole, the team has struggled without Durant, likely due to the fact that they got rid of a number of role players in order to add him in the offseason. In fact, they haven’t struggled this badly in quite some time.
While that’s a testament to how solid they have been as a franchise, it is also an indication of the current struggle that the team is going through.
Steph will have plenty of time to think about passing his dad’s scoring mark on Saturday, as the Warriors already conveyed that he, along with Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will sit out of Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs to rest.
It was a bittersweet night overall for the reigning back-to-back MVP.