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Steph Curry

NC
Category: Personalities
Award: Best Native Son - 2016
Year Won: 2016
Pick: Editor's Pick

Pick a neighborhood, any neighborhood. Listen for the sound of bouncing balls in the driveways. Listen as the children launch shot after shot toward the goal, calling it out as if they’re on national television. “3 … 2 … 1 … Curry for threeeeeee!” This happens now all over the country—heck, all over the world—as the reigning MVP and NBA champion has grown into the most popular basketball player on the planet (yes, even more popular than LeBron James, in terms of jersey sales, at least). But somehow, it means more when you hear it here in Charlotte, where Curry grew up, and where he was once the kid with the bouncing ball in the driveway, dreaming.