“Stephen Curry: Underrated” Trailer Shows how an NBA Legend Was Made
Stephen Curry is one of those rare athletes that usher in a new era in their chosen sport through the brilliance of their play. Curry isn’t just a phenomenal basketball player, he’s a transformational one, credited with extending not only where it was plausible for a shooter of his skills to launch a three but forcing the rest of the league to adapt to a dynamic, free-flowing, total-court style of play. With out-of-this-world ballhandling skills and one of the sweetest shots in the game’s history, Curry is also one of the most fun players to watch. He regularly does things on the court that seem to transcend sport and become art itself. Or, perhaps more accurately, he’s simply proof that professional athletes are, in fact, artists, and what they create, in real-time for the whole world to see, can be as aesthetically beautiful as anything that goes on the screen or the canvas.
In short, watching Stephen Curry play is so much like watching a master artist at work that Stephen Curry: Underrated is a documentary that demanded to be made. Yet what Underrated reveals—it’s right there in the title—is that Steph, as he’s affectionately known throughout the league—didn’t enter the NBA as the surefire future Hall of Famer he became. In fact, his blazingly brilliant career has been largely unexpected, and as director Peter Nicks’ doc reveals, this undersized superstar came into the league from a small college (Davidson, in North Carolina) and was so slight it was assumed he’d get roughed up and ridden out of the NBA. Yeah, that never happened.
We know now, of course, that Curry ends up becoming a four-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, and nine-time All-Star., and the all-time three-point leader in NBA history. Curry’s status as an NBA legend was cemented a while back, but Underrated is a nice reminder that greatness is never guaranteed; it’s the result of a Herculean effort that begins long before the cameras are rolling.
Check out the trailer below. Stephen Curry: Underrated streams on Apple TV+ on July 21:
Here’s the official synopsis for Stephen Curry: Underrated:
The remarkable coming-of-age story of one of the most influential, dynamic, and unexpected players in the history of basketball: Stephen Curry. This feature documentary — blending intimate cinéma vérité, archival footage, and on-camera interviews — documents Curry’s rise from an undersized college player at a small-town Division I college to a four-time NBA champion, building one of the most dominant sports dynasties in the world.
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Featured image: Stephen Curry in college. Courtesy Apple TV+.