MVP STEPHEN CURRY
By Franck Felix Gutenberg, US Africa News. Updated 2016-05-12
Stephen Curry, 28, was officially named MVP of the NBA regular season for the second consecutive year. The leader of the Golden State Warriors became the first winner by unanimous vote.
On Tuesday, May 11, 2016, Stephen Curry, the star of the Golden State Warriors, was named best player (MVP) of the 2015-2016 NBA season for the second consecutive year, this time unanimously. For the first time in the history of the NBA, MVP Curry received the votes of all journalists; a historic first, which can be explained by just looking at the following stats:
30.1 PPG; 6.7 APG; 5.4 RPG; 2.1 SPG; 402 3FG; FG 50.4 %; 45.4 3FG %
Since Monday, we knew that the main architect of the Warriors’ historic season would receive his MVP trophy this week, and the only question was whether or not he would be elected unanimously. Even the biggest starts, like Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal recently (unfairly), and LeBron James were not able to convince ALL journalists. This time, they gave Curry a perfect score of 1310 points out of 1310.
"I don't think anybody could have predicted the explosion. I figured he'd find his stroke and make a few shots but that was... that was crazy." Golden State coach Steve Kerr remained dazed after seeing Curry come off the bench right after his knee sprain in an absolute star performance. It's no surprise that Curry was announced – the next day - as the next winner of trophy after his incredible performance registering 40 points - including 17 in OT, an NBA record, on his return from an injury. In this already “golden” year, Curry has led his team to a record number of victories in a season (73) while improving his own point average by 6.3 (from 23.8 to 30). Curry also set a new record of successful three-pointers in a season (402), exploding the mark he set last year (286), and also became the third player to finish as top scorer in the season playing less than 35 minutes on average (after Russell Westbrook in 2015 and George Gervin in 1978).
Curry is only the third leader to win the trophy several times, the two others being Magic Johnson and Steve Nash. The chart above shows the 2015-16 voting results. In second place, behind the leader of the Warriors, the US press chose Kawhi Leonard with 54 votes, ahead of both LeBron James (40 votes) and Russell Westbrook (29 votes). Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Draymond Green also received a few second place votes each. Despite a big year in terms of stats, James Harden paid the price for very average season with the Rockets. Now two time winner of the MVP trophy, Curry continues to revolutionize the league; there may be other MVP trophies in his future as the old saying goes "things come in threes.” In addition to a compilation of his most beautiful shots of the year, we’ve added a top 10 of his "impossible" shots. A collection for the history books...