On Oct. 31, 2012, Stephen Curry agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract extension with the Warriors.
He was coming off an injury-riddled 2011-12 campaign in which he missed 40 of 66 games, and averaged 14.7 points and 5.3 assists per contest.
Curry had also missed the final two preseason games ahead of the 2012-13 season after spraining his surgically-repaired ankle in a prior exhibition tilt in Portland.
Essentially, Curry's new deal at the time didn't leave him "underpaid."
Now? His contract is widely considered the most team-friendly in the NBA.
"You expect to continue to get better," Curry recently told DeAntae Prince of Sporting News when asked about outplaying his deal. "Obviously, I was in a unique situation, one that I was very comfortable with the decision I made coming off the ankle surgeries.
"I was confident I’d be able to get back, but I didn’t know how long the road was going to be to get back to 100 percent and take my game to the next level. But four years is a long time and you hope you can prove that you’re that max type of player and talent."
In 2012-13, Curry averaged 22.9 points and 6.9 assists per game, and broke the NBA single-season record with 272 made 3's.
In 2013-14, he averaged 24.0 points and 8.5 assists per game, became the first Warrior to start the All-Star Game since Latrell Sprewell in 1995, and was named Second-Team All-NBA.
Through 17 games this season, the 26-year old superstar is averaging 23.7 points and 7.6 assists a night, and beat the Magic with a game-winning 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining on Tuesday night.
When Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, 2017, does he think he will be worth "max money?"
"Throughout the life of my contract, that’s kind of what I’ve been trying to do," Curry said. "Hopefully, I’ll be able to capitalize down the road, but I never second-guessed my decision at the time and I still haven’t because I thought it was the right one at the time. I’m healthy and playing well and my team is winning. That’s all I’m really worried about."
His backcourt mate, Klay Thompson, recently signed a four-year extension worth a reported $69 million.
The Warriors have won 10 straight games are tied with Memphis atop the stacked Western Conference at 15-2.
“We’re all in it together," Curry said. "We all feel like we have a part in everybody’s success, so you’re never jealous, you’re never concerned, counting anyone else’s money. You’re happy for guys when they get paid and get taken care of, because it’s a small fraternity in this league and you want to see guys rewarded for their hard work. That’s what it’s all about.”