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Stephen Curry named on Time's list of the "100 Most Influential People"

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The past 12 months have been a whirlwind of emotion, excitement and incredible shooting as Stephen Curry has risen to the pinnacle of the NBA with the Golden State Warriors. 

It is no exaggeration to say the 28-year-old is a phenomenon that has never been seen before in the league. His persona on and off the court have endeared him to fans and he has usurped LeBron James as the face of the association. 

Having led the Warriors to their first championship in 40 years last season, as they overcame LeBron and his depleted Cleveland Cavaliers team in the Finals, the Dubs are going about reclaiming their title in historic fashion. 

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They closed the regular season with a blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies that saw them eclipse the legendary 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-10 regular season record. Fuelled by Curry's superhuman form, the Warriors looked unstoppable at times. 

Time magazine today released their list of the '100 Most Influential People in the World' and included among a plethora of sports stars, Hollywood faces, and political figures was the 6'3" point guard from Ohio. 

Curry was listed as a titan alongside the likes of Pope Francis, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerburg. 

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Misty Copeland, who was named on the list in 2015 and was the first African-American ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre, chose Curry, saying: "I’m in awe every time I see Stephen Curry play. He combines a never-before-seen skill set with the panache and flair of a great performance artist.

"These skills and an amazing sense of the moment allow him to fearlessly lead his record-setting team by simultaneously fitting in and standing out, allowing his teammates to thrive and willing them to victory time and again.

"My definition of a role model is someone who maximizes their potential to push the boundaries of their circumstances with passion, purpose, integrity and the sensitivity to know they are setting an example for others along the way.

"Stephen Curry is a true role model. I can relate to his underdog story. He is showing us all how through belief in yourself, hard work and dedication, it is possible to achieve your dreams, prove your doubters wrong and go from an underdog to a Warrior. Lucky for us, he’s just getting started."

RECORD BREAKING

On the court, Curry has been destroying three-point records with consummate ease. He became the first player in NBA history to reach 400 three-point field goals in a single season. 

He was also the major factor behind the Warriors becoming the first ever team to break the 1,000 mark. The guard also holds the record for most consecutive games with a made shot from downtown. 

During the 2015-16 campaign, he moved from 51st to 19th on the all-time list for made threes. As Copeland said, he is only getting started. 

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