The Curry’s wanted Stephen to get drafted by the Knicks.
It was the 2009 NBA Draft, which gave us Blake Griffin at No. 1, while James Harden was picked third. It’s the draft where then Minnesota GM David Kahn legendarily selected point guards Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn back-to-back at five and six.
Stephen Curry was still on the board at that point. The Currys wanted Stephen in New York, and the Knicks wanted him. In the way was Golden State and Don Nelson, who was a big Curry fan and planned to take him.
Dell Curry, Stephen’s father, admitted to Monty Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area in an exclusive interview that he urged Nelson not to draft his son (Sonya Curry had her own reasons).
It all worked out pretty well for the Curry family.
The Knicks ended up taking center Jordan Hill, one spot in front of DeMar DeRozan.
Check out the entire interview with Dell and Sonya above, it’s a fun one.