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The 2015 NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, is really good at basketball. Tell us something we don't know.

So it shouldn't come as a big surprise that he was a baller back in middle school as well. In Lee Jenkins' Sports Illustrated profile on the NBA superstar, Dell Curry (Stephen's father) reveals that he had to excuse himself from his son's eighth-grade basketball game in which he dropped 63 points. Why? Simply because Steph was making the other team look foolish:

"All these people were coming in to see what was going on, and there was so much commotion, it seemed like he was never going to stop," former NBA marksman Dell Curry recalls. "I had to get out of there. I felt bad for the other team. I couldn't watch what he was doing to those kids."

At least his eighth-grade foes can sleep easy knowing it wasn't them, it was Steph Curry.

Check out the full profile for more stories about the baby-faced assassin.

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On Wednesday we asked fans: Who, among the top four choices, is your pick for 2014-15 NBA MVP?

As of Thursday evening, the results were nearly unanimous: Stephen Curry, the prodigious point guard who has led the Golden State Warriors to be the best team in the NBA, is the one.

Unless you're an Oklahoman:

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Yes, Texas chose Curry over Houston Rockets star James Harden and, even more surprisingly, Ohio picked Steph over homecoming king LeBron James. But the Sooner State is standing with its own point guard: Russell Westbrook, whose recent triple-double binge has helped keep the Oklahoma City Thunder in playoff position despite the absence of Serge Ibaka and reigning MVP Kevin Durant.

If you haven't yet voted, now it's your turn: Do you stand with Oklahoma, or the rest of America?

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Surprise, surprise: Stephen Curry had some, um, advanced basketball skills as an eighth-grader. Playing against his dad Dell Curry in the video below, Steph -- who was No. 12 back then -- showed off impressive court vision, smooth handles and, of course, some deep range.

You see that pull-up 3 around the one-minute mark? Yeah, that looks a little familiar.

H/T: The Toronto Star

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Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to hit 484 3-pointers last season, making their nickname of the "Splash Brothers" more than appropriate. It seems like DeMarcus Cousins, who is practicing with Curry as part of Team USA and hit zero 3-pointers last season, was a bit envious of their success:

As you can see, Curry is less than impressed. It's not all bad for Cousins, though. At least he hit the rim twice in a row. That's pretty good! Fortunately for Cousins, if he keeps dropping 22 points and 11 rebounds per game, Sacramento Kings fans won't mind if he jacks up an ill-fated 3 every once in a while.

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Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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