In the 1960s, the mantra was "Never Trust Anyone Over 30." But midway through the second decade of the 21st century, at least in the world of professional basketball, the phrase was updated to something along the lines of "Never Trust Anyone Wearing Number 30." That's because those digits are sewn onto the uniforms of Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, whose fans call him "Steph." Curry is easily the most untrustworthy player in the NBA. This is not a criticism—far from it. Rather, it's an acknowledgment of the point guard's uncanny ability to deceive defenders.
As an outside shooter, Curry routinely fakes his way out of the grasp of defenders, who will cover him like wallpaper at the three-point line, only to watch in disbelief as he takes several steps backwards, jumps, and sinks a swish into the hoop. Many of Curry's record-breaking total of three-pointers are from the regulation distance of 23 feet, 9 inches, but Curry's a threat from 25 feet, too, and his shooting percentage actually goes up when he takes shots a few feet deeper than that. Nor is Curry a one-trick pony. When defenders fail to plug holes in the paint, Curry fills them, sending reverse layups into the basket, even amid forests of taller defenders—at 6-feet, 3-inches tall, Curry is a relatively short player in the NBA. No wonder, then, that Curry basketball cards, particularly those from his rookie year in 2009, are some of the most sought pieces of paper in the sport.