How Many Championships Does Steph Curry Have?
Wardell Stephen Curry has had one of the most illustrious careers in NBA history, and is most well-known for his legendary shooting accuracy. Early in his career, Curry was injury-prone and not seen as a future MVP or an NBA Champion. This all changed in his fifth year in the league when he hit a different level and received his first All-Star appearance. Since then, Curry has won four NBA Championships and two MVPs.
2015: Curry’s First Championship
Steph Curry’s first NBA Championship came in 2015, his sixth season in the league. This was not expected to be the Warriors’ year, as they were a jump-shooting team, and that method was not favored at the time. The two best players on the Warriors at the time were Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, who were well-known for their shooting abilities. It was also Steve Kerr’s first year as head coach. During his first NBA Finals against the LeBron-led Cavaliers, Curry was sadly considered to be “locked down” by Matthew Dellevadova, and teammate Andre Iguodala won the Finals MVP. The Warriors, however, still won the series 4-2.
2017-2018: The Kevin Durant Years
After losing the 2016 Finals in historic fashion, the Golden State Warriors signed superstar Kevin Durant. Many believed this to be unfair, as Steph had just won back-to-back MVPs, the most recent being the first unanimous decision in NBA history for that award. The Warriors also won an NBA record 73 games that year. They also still had star players such as Klay Thomson, Draymond Green, and 2015 finals MVP Andre Iguodala. Steph and the Warriors cruised their way to the finals in 2017 and, for the third time in a row, were playing against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They won the 2017 series 4-1, and Kevin Durant won finals MVP. The Warriors then faced the Cavaliers again in 2018 and won that series 4-0. The Finals MVP for the 2018 finals was yet again Kevin Durant.
2022: Stephen Curry’s Latest Championship
After the 2019 finals, many believed the Warriors Dynasty to be over. Kevin Durant had moved on to his next team (the Brooklyn Nets), and Klay Thompson had just torn his ACL. What really put the nail in the coffin for the Warriors, especially in the 2020 season, was Stephen Curry breaking his hand. He was out until just before the NBA season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Warriors finished that season as the worst team in the league because of all the injuries they faced. During this season, the Warriors also acquired Andrew Wiggins via trade.
Before the next season started, Klay Thompson tore his Achilles tendon and was out for the entire 2021 season. The Warriors finished in the Play-In Tournament that season and lost before making the playoffs. In the post-game interview, Steph said, “You don’t want to see us next year.” As predicted, the Warriors were playing back to their former glory in 2022. This led them to the third seed in the West and a run to the NBA Finals.
During the 2022 finals, Steph was clearly the best player on the floor and pushed the Warriors past the Boston Celtics in a 4-2 series win, in which he won Finals MVP. This is not only Curry’s latest championship, but also his favorite because of the hardships the team had to go through to get to that point.