November 24, 2008 7:57 pm ET by Kyle Whelliston
I have a real treat for you today. I want to introduce you to this special, special player I've discovered. His name's Curry, as in hot like. He's got a regular-looking first name -- Stephen -- but it's pronounced all weird, like STEFF-in. His dad played in the NBA. Nothing about this guy is regular, let me tell you. And his jump shot... creamy smooth like whipped peanut butter. You really should see this guy.
Okay, this isn't working. No. 30 in red stopped being our little secret years ago, and our common MMBOW format of giving a few paragraphs of personal introduction isn't going to fly. But one thing is for certain -- nobody in mid-majordom had a better week, and so Stephen Curry of Davidson is our second Mid-Majority Baller of the Week of the 2008-09 season.
Mr. Curry, a 6-2 junior guard, currently leads the entire nation in scoring at 34.0 ppg, which may be the kind of number you're used to seeing on the NBA leading scorer table, with its extra eight minutes every game. But it's no real shock because he's also the nation's leading scorer (25.9 ppg last season), and it's been common knowledge that the sky has been his limit for some time now. Much of that world-leading average was gained during a 44-point outburst in a losing effort at Oklahoma on national television Tuesday night. That number represented both the highest one-game total in Division I so far, as well as a career high full of career highs.
But that was just one highlight in a busy week. On Monday, he dropped 33 on James Madison, on 14-for-19 shooting. In a Friday night BracketBuster return game with Winthrop, a wide Wildcat win, the man shot 50 percent (8-for-16) for 30 points. Oh, and how's that conversion to the point guard slot going? Add up all the assists for the week and you get 25, good for 8.3 apg and the No. 3 slot on the national chart. He owns a 3.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and has also collected 4.5 steals per contest. All together now: Stephen Curry is good at basketball.
We're not trying to keep him from being rich or anything, and this is totally a selfish request, but the petition for him to stay for a senior year starts now, and we'd like to apply the first signature. But that's still a long way off. In the meantime, congratulations to Mr. Curry, you're the Mid-Majority Baller of the Week.
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