Dell Curry

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Dell Curry’s Raptors résumé:

  • 12th in franchise history, career three-pointers made (202)
  • 9th in franchise history, career three point percentage, minimum 100 three-point attempts (.390)
  • 7th in franchise history, career free throw percentage, minimum 100 free throw attempts (.833)

Dell Curry wasn’t the best shooter to ever wear a Raptors uniform. That title goes to two-time three-point shootout winniner Jason Kapono, who made an impressive 44.7 percent of his three-point attempts as a Raptor. But in the three seasons at the end of Curry’s career that he played for the Raptors, it was pretty cool to have him as a scoring weapon off the bench.

By all accounts, Dell Curry was a nice guy, a great teammate, and one hell of a shooter. The biggest shot he ever hit as a Raptor had to have been this trey he hit to bring the Raptors to within a point of the Sixers in Game Seven of that legendary 2001 second round series.

Even though there were 54.7 seconds left in the game after that shot, those were the final points scored in that series. You might recall that the Raptors had a chance to win the series with their final shot, but… well, let’s just say that it might have been a good idea to have Curry take this shot instead of merely throwing the in-bounds pass.

Curry was a key reason the Raptors won Game One in that series, scoring 20 points off the bench in 34 minutes on 7-for-12 shooting. Without a doubt, he was a joy to watch when he had a hot hand — and when he got hot, the Raptors usually won. Toronto was 10-4 in games when he scored 15 or more points. One of those losses came in his final NBA game — he scored 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting in just 20 minutes off the bench in the Raptors’ heartbreaking 85-82 loss to the Pistons in Game Five of their 2002 first round series. Check out Curry hitting another huge trey (go to the 2:00 mark) to bring the Raptors within two points with 11 seconds left in the game.

I can’t find a video of what happened after this, but most of you probably remember. The Flagrancy tells the story:

Down 85-82 with seconds left on the clock and possession of the ball, (Chris) Childs mistakenly thought his team was down by 4 points, instead of 3.  He immediately sprinted past half-court and attempted to draw a foul on an off-balance 3-point shot, rather than passing to a wide-open Dell Curry.  The Raptors subsequently lost the series, and Grunwald subsequently forgot to sign resign Childs.

I bolded that part for emphasis. Maybe Curry retired after that game because he thought he was too old to have to keep playing with idiots like Chris Childs.

These days, Dell Curry is best known for being the proud papa of Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Seth Curry of the Duke Blue Devils. Unsurprisingly, both sons are terrific shooters. They should be — they had lots of practice.

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