Wardell Stephen “Dell” Curry I (born June 25, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1986 until 2002.
Curry was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Utah Jazz in the 1986 NBA draft. He played one season in Utah before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1987, where he spent the 1987–88 season. He was selected by one of the NBA’s two newest teams for the 1988–89 season, the Charlotte Hornets, in the expansion draft after he was made available by the Cavaliers. Curry spent 10 seasons in Charlotte, mostly coming off the bench to provide instant offense, utilizing three-point shooting. He was a regular in the discussions for Sixth Man of the Year, but didn’t actually win the award until the 1993–94 season. He currently ranks among the franchise’s all-time statistical leaders in points, games played, three-point field goals made and attempted, and three-point field goal percentage. Upon departing the franchise in 1998, he was the last player remaining from its inaugural season 10 years earlier.
Curry played one season for the Milwaukee Bucks before playing his final three seasons in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors. He holds career averages of 11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Curry retired as the all-time leading scorer in Hornets history with 9,839 points
He retired as the Charlotte Hornets’ all-time leader in points (9,839) and three-point field goals made (929). Curry currently works as a color commentator, alongside Eric Collins and Stephanie Ready, on Charlotte Hornets television broadcasts. He is the father of current NBA players Stephen Curry and Seth Curry.
Career highlights and awards
NBA Sixth Man of The Year (1994)
Charlotte Hornets all-time leading scorer
Consensus second-team All-American (1986)
Metro Conference Player of the Year (1986)
3× First-team All-Metro Conference (1984–1986)
No. 30 retired by Virginia Tech
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (2004)
Career NBA statistics
Points 12,670 (11.7 ppg)
Rebounds 2,617 (2.4 rpg)
Assists 1,909 (1.8 apg)