Stephen Curry wasn't a nobody coming out of Davidson -- he went seventh overall in 2009 NBA draft, not 57th. But that means six players were taken ahead of him, including (gulp) Hasheem Thabeet and Johnny Flynn.

The reasons? We'll let Curry tell you himself, as he read from (possibly paraphrased) excerpts from uncredited pre-draft scouting reports in this web ad posted Tuesday:

Now, before we go all "Curry just silenced the haters!" on everyone, we should remember: Some of those were common criticisms when he entered the league. Observers knew he was a great shooter, but several other skills were lacking ... at the time.

Which makes Curry's rise from mid-lottery prospect to NBA MVP so remarkable. Between hard work and smart work, here's betting Curry has surpassed what 99.9 percent of people expected of him.

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We would all love to live the life of an NBA star. Well, Jeremy Lin is here to school us on how to fake it 'till you make it in the Association.

With cameos from Stephen Curry (and Riley), Dwight Howard and many other NBA stars, the Charlotte Hornets guard covers all the bases, including fashion, communication and music in this hilarious video.

Sure, Linsanity may be over. But Jeremy Lin's second act as an entertainer is just getting started.

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The ratings for "NBA 2K16" are out, and -- unlike in "Madden" -- nobody in the league was given a 99.

In fact, the highest rating was a 94, given to a player whose name long has been synonymous with "best in the NBA."

That's right. Even Stephen Curry's MVP season -- which gave him a four-point jump over his score a year ago -- couldn't push him past LeBron James, although the latter dropped four points (partly due to, as Bleacher Report explains, a new way of calculating rankings).

James Harden's players' choice MVP campaign got him a four-point boost, as did the continued scary-goodness of Anthony Davis, but they still couldn't take down The King. Kevin Durant's injury, meanwhile, likely was the reason for his fall from second place and a 95 rating a year ago. (Interesting note: The three non-LeBron top-four players are on the cover.)

There were a couple of surprise inclusions on the list. Carmelo Anthony was 20th in player efficiency rating, 49th in real plus-minus and 81st in wins above replacement last season, yet checks in at No. 8. LaMarcus Aldridge (11th/25th/22nd) was also an eyebrow-raiser at tied for eighth/No. 10.

Not that either is bad, far from it, But still, no love for the best player on Aldridge's team?

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NBA top fives are in the air. Kevin Durant gave his list two weeks ago, and now, one of Durant's picks has made his own choices.

In an interview with The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, former Los Angeles Lakers (and Orlando Magic ... and Miami Heat ... and a few other teams) big man Shaquille O'Neal was asked his all-time starting five. His answer:

"Bill Russell won 11 championships. Charles Barkley is my guy, but I like Karl Malone. Then there's the guy who made me who I am -- Dr. J [Julius Erving]. I've got Michael [Jordan] at the two. Then, I'm going to go with the big guard with Magic Johnson at the one."

Now, O'Neal made sure NOT to put an exclamation point on his list, saying:

"I see a problem with answering these questions. A lot of people get their feelings hurt. Then some of you guys [reporters] be trying to start trouble, like Shaq leaving Kobe [Bryant] off. Then it's Shaq and Kobe.

"But that's my top five for playing reasons and what they did. Russell doesn't have high [statistical] numbers, but with 11 championships, nobody is beating that."

We're not doing that, Shaq! We know you're mending fences with former teammate Kobe Bryant and certainly wouldn't leave him off as a dig. Heck, he wouldn't be on this writer's top five, either -- not because Kobe hasn't been great (he has), but when you get to the upper reaches of the NBA's all-timers list, it's really, really, really competitive.

Having said that, O'Neal did make some interesting choices; Malone and Erving, in particular, don't appear on a great deal of these lists. So we ask you:

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Brandon Armstrong does spot-on impressions of NBA players, but that's not all. Another game of Armstrong's is impersonating "those guys" you see in pick-up hoops.

His target Monday: point guards who never, ever, ever ever ever, seem to shoot.

It's perfect:


Now, this might remind you of certain NBA players, too. When sharing the post on Twitter, Armstrong dropped the name of a certain Sacramento Kings ball-handler who once won a ring with the Boston Celtics (and, oh yeah, whose name is in the headline of this post).

Note, though, this isn't his official impersonation of Rondo. After all, he didn't do this.

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