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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