Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the NBA’s most valuable player for the second year in a row and this time, he made history in the process.
Curry, coming off a 40-point performance off the bench that included a record-breaking 17 points in overtime during his team’s 132-125 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, swept all 131 first place votes, becoming the first unanimous choice MVP in league history.
The voting included two media members from Detroit: longtime Pistons broadcaster George Blaha and Detroit Free Press beat writer Vince Ellis. Blaha’s five placement votes, in order, went to Curry, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Draymond Green (MSU), and Kevin Durant. Ellis opted for Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Westbrook, James and Durant.
After winning an MVP award and NBA championship in 2015, Curry managed to raise his level of play so significantly in 2016 that he became the first reigning MVP to place in the top-10 in voting for the league’s Most Improved Player Award (he finished fourth).
Among his record breaking feats, Curry became the first player to average 30 points per game (30.1 to be exact) while playing less than 35 minutes a night. In addition, Curry’s 402 3-pointers shattered a single season mark he’d set just one year earlier when he connected on a seemingly paltry 286. The record-breaking gap would be the equivalent of someone cranking 103 home runs during a Major League Baseball season (speaking only from a numerical differentiation standpoint).
Curry’s play culminated in leading his Warriors to one of the most impressive regular season team feats in league history as well. After winning their first 24 games (another NBA record), the Warriors streaked their way to a 73-9 mark, breaking the regular season record for wins previously set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who went 72-10.
Check out the full MVP voter breakdown HERE.