When 3-year-old Riley Curry brought her effervescent energy and undeniable cutesy charisma to several NBA Finals postgame press conferences, she represented the third generation of the Curry family to become a star. Riley’s father is reigning MVP and Golden State Warriors world champion Stephen Curry, 27.
You know Steph, right? He’s the exceedingly skilled guy who two-time MVP Steve Nash called “the greatest” shooter there’s ever been, the charming guy who Late Show host Stephen Colbert has a beef with for being the “No. 1 Stephen” on Google search, the really good looking guy who is part of Under Armour’s team of championship spokesmen that includes Tom Brady and Jordan Spieth… Ring a bell?
Steph’s the son and namesake of Dell Curry, 51. (Fast fact: Their real names are Wardell Stephen Curry — I and II, respectively.) Dell is the Charlotte Hornets’ all-time leading scorer and current color commentator, as well as the patriarch of the most fun family in sports.
The Currys seemingly stepped off the silver screen. Dell met his lovely wife Sonya, 49, while the two were student-athletes (she played volleyball) at Virginia Tech. Sonya became a celeb-fan during the 2008 NCAA Tournament, when Steph led underdog Davidson (Enrollment: 1,700) to the Elite Eight. Since 1995, she has been the owner and co-founder (with Dell) of the Christian Montessori School in Lake Norman, N.C., where all three of her children attended.
Steph is the big brother and big name, but little bro Seth, 25, played ball at Duke and signed with the Sacramento Kings this summer. Little sis Sydel, 20, plays volleyball at Elon University. Steph’s wife Ayesha, 26, has a faith, fitness and family blog (littlelightsofmine.com). The couple also has two daughters of their own. Of course, there’s media darling Riley. But there’s also baby girl Ryan Carson, whose July birth inspired Steph to post an Instagram photo with the caption, “I feel blessed!”
The Curry family seems too good to be true. But they are also too consistently genuine — on TV, on social media, you name it — to be anything other than real.