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In the latest installment of the Basketball Writers’ Association of America Top 100, Stephen Curry tops the list for the first time.
Curry is the first player to ever make the list after averaging 29.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.1 steals per game in his first three seasons.
The Warriors’ All-Star center was the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, and became a first-time member of the TOP 100 list.
In 2017, Curry was voted the best guard in the NBA by SI.com, and he has been named the league’s Most Improved Player three times, earning the honor twice.
He was the NBA’s MVP in 2019 and is a member of four All-NBA teams, and the first NBA player in more than a decade to reach 1,000 career points.
He has been the league MVP in three of the past four seasons, and was a member the all-star team in 2019.
Curry led the league in scoring for the fourth consecutive season in 2020-21, averaging 30.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 4.4 steals per contest.
He also ranked fourth in the league with 3,000 points, which ranks fourth all-time behind Kobe Bryant (3,083), Kevin Durant (2,878) and Michael Jordan (2) among active players.
He ranked first in the MVP race in 2020 with 1,056 points, his best scoring season since his rookie year in 2003-04.
In 2021-22, he led the NBA in scoring with 29.2, sixth in assists (3.4), seventh in steals (2.4) and ninth in blocks (3).
In 2022-23, he was named the MVP and finished second in MVP voting.
In 2024-25, he ranked fifth in MVP votes.
In 2025-26, he won the MVP award after averaging 23.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.1 blocks per contest, ranking sixth in the East.
In the 2019-20 season, he played in his 15th All-D League season, joining Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Michael Beasley as the only players to do so.
He finished the season with 904 points, sixth most in the D League.
In 2020-22 and 2021-12, he averaged 21.3 and 20.2 ppg, respectively, third and fourth in MVP vote.
Curry became the first Warrior to earn All-Defensive first team honors when he was selected as the NBA D-League’s Sixth Man of the Year.
In 2019-2020, he became the only player in league history to average more than 30 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals per night.
In 2026-27, he finished with 1.4 blocks per game, fourth in league averages.
He earned a franchise-record seven double-doubles and became the league leader in blocks per outing at 2.0.
In 2022, he posted his first triple-double with 25 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.
In 2011-12 he became only the fifth player in NBA history to record at least 1,300 points, 800 rebounds, 1,400 assists and 1,600 steals in his rookie season.
In his first two seasons in the League, he made three All-Defense first team selections and won the All-Rookie Team in 2019-10.
In 2008-09, he appeared in his 11th All of NBA season, and in 2008-10 he averaged 17.3 ppg in his 12th season.
He is a four-time All-American selection.
In 2006-07, he earned the NBA Defensive Player of the Week Award for the second straight season after averaging 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
In 2005-06, he started in all 16 games in the first four games of the season and averaged 18.1 points, 12.0 boards and 4 .8 blocks per night, the best season of his career.
In 2004-05, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Bill Russell as the lone players in NBA annals to lead their teams in scoring, assists, steals and blocks.
He ranks first in NBA All-Time blocks per 36 minutes, second in steals per 36 and fourth overall in steals.
In 2003-94, he recorded his fourth career triple-divert.
In 2002-03, he reached double figures in scoring five times and was named to the NBA All Stars and All-Warriors All-Tournament team.
In 2001-02, he helped the Warriors reach the NBA Finals for the fifth time in six seasons, finishing with a team-high 28 points and a career-
In the latest installment of the Basketball Writers’ Association of America Top 100, Stephen Curry tops the list for the…