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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is getting ready to play in the 2017 NBA Finals as we speak. This is his third straight NBA Finals and he has become a transcendent figure in the NBA and in basketball.
Interestingly enough, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr seems to be headed down a similar path as his fellow Bay Area star in Curry, but beyond career arcs, there are many ways these two terrific athletes are similar.
As such, there are four more reasons why Curry and Carr are more similar than you think.
No. 4, Not expected to be great pro players
Both Curry and Carr were great college players who had jaw-dropping statistics and performances but were from less notable division one programs resulting in their draft stock to drop.
For example, Carr played in a spread and air raid offense at Fresno State. He never took the ball from under center and passed the majority of plays against inferior competition from the Mountain West Conference.
Many people thought his stats were inflated due to the style of offense and the second-tier college competition. In addition, people were scared to draft him because of his older brother, former Houston Texans quarterback David Carr (Curry also has a brother in the NBA, Seth Curry).
In regards to Curry, he was a great college player who led his small college, the Davidson Wildcats, to a shocking March Madness run in 2008. Curry even averaged 25.9 and 28.6 points per game in his last two seasons in college, yet was disrespected by NBA scouts.
Many of those scouts saw him as a tweener. He was considered too small to play shooting guard and didn’t have the skillset to be a true point guard. People loved his shooting ability, but thought his lack of athleticism would hinder his NBA career.
Just like Carr, Curry proved all the scouts wrong and has since won two league MVPs and has led his team to three straight NBA Finals whereas Carr has only been in the league three seasons but he is close to winning an MVP and will have his team in a Super Bowl sooner rather than later.