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Stephen Curry Popcorn Rankings: How Warriors Star Introduced a 5-Layer Metric to Rank NBA Arena Popcorns

Shubham Singh

Stephen Curry Popcorn Rankings: How Warriors Star Introduced a 5-Layer Metric to Rank NBA Arena Popcorns

While NBA fans usually associate athletes with strict diet plans, some stars are prone to questionable binge-eating habits. While Josh Hart is known for chewing M&M candies like there is no tomorrow, Stephen Curry’s love for popcorn is a lore of its own. In fact, in 2019, the New York Times comprehensively touched upon Curry’s popcorn addiction. To make matters more intriguing, the 2x MVP even prepared a rather multi-faceted list, ranking arenas based on their popcorn’s quality.

He included five factors such as freshness, saltiness, crunchiness, butter, and presentation, and allotted a maximum score of 5 for each category, 25 points in total. Interestingly, Oracle Arena, which is Curry’s home turf, still hasn’t figured out the way to bring fresh popcorn for their talisman.

He allocated just 2 points out of 5 to Oracle Arena in freshness and with a total score of 18, it ranked outside of Curry’s top five. Meanwhile, the staff at Dallas Mavericks’ home floor, American Airlines Center, clicked all the right buttons for the popcorn enthusiast and nabbed the top position in his list.

American Airlines Center(Dallas Mavericks)5545524
Barclays Center(Brooklyn Nets)4554523
American Airlines Arena(Miami Heat)5444522
Moda Center(Portland Trail Blazers)4454320
Golden 1 Center(Sacramento Kings)2444519

While Curry found the popcorn from these arenas palatable, many didn’t make a strong impression on him and fell low on his list. LA Lakers’ home floor made the least impression on the popcorn gobbler and fell dead last among the bottom feeders.

Staples Center(Los Angeles Lakers/Clippers2131310
Spectrum Center(Charlotte Hornets)1222411
Little Caesars Arena(Detroit Pistons)1423212
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse(Cleveland Cavaliers)2422212
Pepsi Center(Denver Nuggets)3232313

The 4x champion seems to have gone through a rigorous process to come out with such a multi-layered list which sums up his love for the popular snack. In fact, his popcorn love can become a hassle for those who are near and dear to him.

Stephen Curry’s ceaseless love for popcorn

Who knows Stephen Curry’s fondness for popcorn better than his wife Ayesha Curry? In 2021, when her husband was joining Michael Jordan among the oldest players to become the regular season scoring leader in history, she went to Ellen DeGeneres’ show and spoke about how he winds down with popcorn,

It’s insane. And he’s one of the older guys out there now, believe it or not. It’s been really cool to watch him break all these records and do it with such humility, and humbleness. He comes home, and it’s like it never happened. He just wants some popcorn and some candy.”

Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

In 2022, the couple took a test to find out which one of them knew each other better. Ayesha Curry revealed that her biggest pet peeve about Steph is that he tends to spread his popcorn wherever he goes. She urged him to “stop leaving popcorn everywhere“. These instances sum up that popcorn shapes a huge part of Stephen Curry’s persona. 

Post Edited By:Hitesh Nigam

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Shubham Singh

Shubham Singh


Shubham Singh is an NBA Journalist at SportsRush. He found his passion in Writing when he couldn't fulfil his dream of playing professional basketball. Shubham is obsessed with box scores and also loves to keep track of advanced stats and is, particularly, fond of writing CoreSport analytical pieces. In the league, his all time favorites were 80s Bad Boys, Pistons, while Dennis Rodman and his enthralling rebounding made him love the game more. It also made him realize that the game is much more than fancy scoring and playmaking. Shubham is also a huge fan of cricket and loves to watch all forms of women sports.

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