As many expected, Stephen Curry has won the 2015-2016 MVP award after leading the Golden State Warriors to an NBA-record 73-9 season. Curry claimed all 131 first-place votes, becoming the first player in NBA history to win the award unanimously.
The Baby-Faced Assassin became the first player in NBA history to average at least 30 points per game while playing fewer than 35 minutes. Largely a result of Golden State’s propensity to blow teams out, Curry sat out many fourth quarters throughout the season.
Curry’s efficiency reached all-time highs this season as well, joining Steve Nash as the only other player to join the 50-45-90 club. Golden State’s point guard shot 50.4 percent from the field, 45.4 percent from beyond the arc and 90.8 percent from the charity stripe. Curry also took his three-point shooting to unprecedented levels, shattering last season’s NBA record of 286 made three-pointers by draining 402 this year.
And despite leaving fans in awe for 82 games this season, Curry managed to shock the world once again during last night’s Game 4 showdown against the Portland Trail Blazers. After missing the previous four games due to a sprained MCL, Curry came off the bench for Golden State and did what he has done all season – carry his team to victory.
The (now) 2-time MVP started off slow, going 6-for-18 from the field while missing all 9 three-point attempts, but once he found his groove, it was game over. With 13 points through three quarters, Curry found his stroke in the fourth, scoring 10 crucial points to help send the game to overtime.
Then, he did this:
In total, Curry scored an NBA record 17 points in the five-minute period. It was a vintage performance by the greatest shooter of all-time, and was capped off by him screaming “I’m back” at the boisterous Portland crowd.
He most certainly is, and reminded fans why he deserved to be the first-ever unanimous MVP in the process.