Stephen Curry is the 2015 NBA MVP. He has favored to be an NBA champion. And yet, he's 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and plays a position that doesn't often dominate games.
What's behind his effectiveness? One of the reasons is his prodigious shooting ability. The son of great NBA marksman Dell Curry put up a 48.7 field-goal percentage/44.3 3-point percentage/91.4 free-throw percentage line this season, while attempting 17, eight and four per game, respectively.
All of this got Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report to ask five of the NBA's greatest shooters ever -- Steve Nash, Rick Barry, Kiki Vandeweghe, Chuck Person and Dana Barros -- where the man some call "Chef" ranks among the league's greatest long-range cooks.
According to Nash, Vandeweghe, Person and Barros: He's probably No. 1.
Barros: "You could make a case for him as the best ever. You'd have a harder time making the case against him."
Person: "I don't think there's ever been anybody better."
Vandeweghe, on Curry's 2014-15 season in particular: "Comparing year to year, people at their peak, I've never seen anyone better."
And Nash: "Truly, from the eye test, he's the greatest there's ever been."
They went into a lot more detail about what makes Curry truly special; check out the full piece here.
Who are the best NBA players ever to wear each jersey number?
Apparel company Mitchell & Ness took this question and figuratively ran with it, creating a graphic that lists the best player to wear every number that's ever graced the front and back of an NBA uniform.
• There are a few incontrovertible choices: No. 23 for Michael Jordan (unless you're Kendrick Perkins or Bill Laimbeer), No. 45 for MJ (even if he wore it for just a few weeks in 1995), No. 00 for Robert Parish, No. 1 for Oscar Robertson, and a few others.
• There are heated debates for other numbers, particularly the overloaded No. 33, where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar edged Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Scottie Pippen and others. (This writer's opinion: Kareem was the absolute right choice).
• Late-career changes helped squeeze excellent players onto the list in numbers they're not always best known for. Karl Malone (No. 32 with the Utah Jazz) gets on for his one year as No. 11 with the Los Angeles Lakers, since he was never going to overtake Magic Johnson. Shaquille O'Neal wore 32 (Magic), 33 (Kareem) and 34 (Hakeem Olajuwon) at points in his career, but gets on the list with his Boston Celtics No. 36. And Kevin Garnett, who probably wouldn't have edged Tim Duncan out for No. 21, thankfully had the No. 5 spot all to himself for his post-Minnesota Timberwolves stint with the Celtics.
• The end of this list is absolutely wonderful, with Scot Pollard, Jason Kapono, Shawn Bradley, Vladimir Radmanovic and DeShawn Stevenson bringing back so many memories. But it also contains some great significance: Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, wore No. 98 as a tribute to Matthew Shepard.
• The Panda's Friend? More like The Oddball Jersey Number's Friend! Yes, Ron Artest, aka Metta World Peace, shows up a list-topping four times here, for Nos. 37, 51, 93 and 96, edging out equally eccentric talent Dennis Rodman (three: 70, 73, 91).
• Biggest omission from the list? LeBron James. Sure, he's not going to overtake Jordan (see above) for No. 23. But No. 6? That spot was given to Bill Russell, who wore his signature number for the Celtics while winning 11 championships. But some -- maybe even this writer (bring out the haters!) -- believe James, who wore No. 6 during his four-year stint with the Miami Heat, is/was the better player.
We knew Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was good at drawing walks, but this is ridiculous.
Yes, during Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, Votto took a ball to reach a 3-2 count ... but was awarded a walk and, as a result, headed to first base. No one seemed to notice the error.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, this stemmed from an extra ball being added to the stadium scoreboard. It even had the TV play-by-play crew fooled.
And although it likely didn't influence the final outcome too much -- the Reds won 8-2 -- it did come as part of a six-run seventh inning. So ... perhaps Votto's otherworldly walk-drawing did give Cincinnati an edge?
On this day five years ago, Kendrys Morales, who played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the time, fractured his leg after celebrating a walk-off grand slam.
Because of his freak accident, we decided to take a look at some other athletes who were injured while celebrating big plays:
After scoring a touchdown, he banged his head against the padding in the end zone -- that covered a concrete wall -- and sprained his neck in a 1997 game. At least he left his helmet on.
Ted Ginn Jr.
After returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown in the 2007 BCS national championship game, Ginn sprained his ankle after his foot got twisted under a teammate as they celebrated. He didn't return to the game.
Gramatica, a kicker for the Arizona Cardinals at the time, jumped in the air in celebration of a made field goal late in the 2001 season. When he landed, he tore his ACL.
After hitting a game-winning shot, 252-pound Charles Barkley jumped into his point guard's arms. As a result, he missed three games, including the 1993 playoff opener, with a knee injury.
After Keselowski won the Quaker State 400 in 2014, he was going to celebrate with a nice bottle of champagne. The only problem was the champagne bottle exploded in his hand.
In 2011, Thomas Levet won the Alstom French Open and decided to take a dip in the lake on the golf course. It proved costly as he fractured his shin and later had to have surgery to correct the injury.
After Todd Gurley scored on a 75-yard run against Clemson in 2013, Mitchell ran to greet him in the end zone. He landed awkwardly and the Bulldogs' top receiver was out for the remainder of the season with an ACL injury.
In 2010, Morales hit a walk-off grand slam. When he reached home plate, he jumped on top of the base, where his teammates stood to greet him, and fractured his lower left leg.
The Lions linebacker sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a 2014 game. When he landed after jumping in the air to celebrate the sack, he injured his ACL.
Just missed the cut:
Kent Mercker (1992): Suffered a rib injury during Braves' celebration of NL West title
Deion Sanders (1994): Pulled his groin while celebrating a pick-six
Desmond Howard (2001): Ran into a wall and injured his shoulder while celebrating a touchdown
Denny Hocking (2002): Injured finger in postgame celebration after Twins clinched the ALDS
Paolo Diogo (2004): Tore off a chunk of his finger when his wedding ring got caught as he jumped on a fence
Jake Peavy (2005): Fractured a rib celebrating the Padres NL West championship
Adrian Peterson (2006): Broke his collarbone when he dove into the end zone in a game against Iowa State (didn't really need to dive)
Jason Arnott (2008): Received a concussion when teammates jumped on him after scoring a goal
Fabian Espindola (2008): Injured knee while doing a back flip to celebrate a goal
Chris Coghlan (2010): Injured his left knee while attempting to smash a pie in the face of Wes Helms
Jeff Baker (2013): Sprained his thumb on a wayward high five after scoring a run
Maurides (2013): Sprained his knee doing a backflip to celebrate his first professional goal
Lamarr Houston (2014): Tore his ACL while celebrating a sack
The Coffee County High School football players said goodbye to teammate Malik Sparkman on Monday, but not before granting his dying request.
The body of Sparkman, who died May 17 following a battle with kidney cancer, was escorted across the school's campus in Douglas, Georgia, during an emotional funeral procession, through the Trojans' tunnel and onto the Jardine Stadium field one final time.
"Malik was certainly special to all of them," Coffee County football coach Robby Pruitt told WTVM, the local ABC affiliate.
According to the Coffee County Police Scanner YouTube account, more than 500 people -- including members of the football team wearing Trojans jerseys -- paid their final respects to Sparkman inside the school's gym.
The 18-year-old was diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma last year, and treatments forced the end of his playing days. Throughout, the linebacker remained in high spirits and confident he would conquer the disease. His ordeal became an inspiration for the tight-knit southern Georgia community.
"Every time I called him and checked on him, he always said, 'I am great, coach.' Never one time did he complain about hurting or being in pain," Pruitt said.
An outpouring of love and support flooded social media in the days after Sparkman's death, including a somber tweet from close friend and Florida State signee Jalen Wilkerson:
Can't stop the tears. My lil bro is gone man =%=% #CancerSucks— Chosen_One (@88Dreamchaser) May 18, 2015
According to WTVM, the football team plans to further honor Sparkman during the upcoming season, which would have been his senior year.
Much of the poignant gesture was shared on YouTube: