Stephen Curry Wins 2nd Consecutive MVP Award; Unanimous Decision is a Possibility
To the surprise of absolutely no one who has watched the NBA this season, Stephen Curry wins 2nd consecutive MVP Award. Typically the award goes to the player who compiles either the sexiest stats or the best player on the best team. Curry accomplished both this season and quite emphatically.
Curry has a chance to become the first unanimous MVP selection in NBA history. In 2000, Shaquille O’Neal was short by 1 vote as was Lebron James in 2013.
Curry led the Warriors to become the greatest team in NBA regular season history after their 73 wins bested the previous mark set by the 95-96 Chicago Bulls. He also won his first scoring title, averaging 30.1 points per game. He did so with efficiency, becoming the first player in NBA history to average 30 points while playing less than 35 minutes per game.
Speaking of efficiency, Curry also joined the prestigious 90-50-45 club. That’s 90% from the line, 50% from the field and 45% from 3-point range. Only Steve Nash (also a two-time MVP) and Curry’s coach, Steve Kerr, have previously accomplished the feat. Perhaps a variation of the name Stephen is a prerequisite for this sharp-shooting achievement.
Last season, Curry set the NBA record by hitting 286 3’s in a single-season. Impressive, but expected as he hit 261 and 272 in his 2 previous seasons. In 2015-16 he destroyed that record by hitting 402 shots from the 3 point line. He also led the NBA in free-throw shooting for the 2nd consecutive season at 90.8% and in steals, averaging 2.1 per game.
Curry joins legendary company by winning consecutive MVP Awards. Previous players who’ve pulled off the feat include Lebron James, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. The only players on that list not in the Hall of Fame are the ones who are not yet eligible. Safe to say, they will be once possible.
While Curry certainly appreciates the recognition for his historic season, the focus now is on his health and the playoffs. He is still recovering from a knee injury and the Warriors will need him at full strength if they hope to achieve their ultimate goal of back-to-back championships.
If the Warriors can get by Portland as expected, they will face the winner of the Oklahoma City/San Antonio series. Both potential opponents are capable of providing a challenge to the Warriors’ bid for repeating.
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