In a season where at least five different players could have made a serious case for deserving the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, Stephen Curry ultimately stood above the rest.
The 6-foot-3 Golden State Warriors guard eclipsed the likes of James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James en route to earning the title as league MVP, as officially announced by the NBA Monday morning.
Curry averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assists, and 2.0 steals for a Warriors team that won a franchise record 67 games during the 2014-15 regular season. In addition to his gaudy per-game statistics, the 27-year-old Curry also set an NBA record by hitting 286 three-pointers, breaking the previous mark of 272… held by Stephen Curry.
In leading the Warriors to becoming just the 10th team in NBA history to amass at least 67 wins in a single season, Curry’s shooting touch bordered on whimsical, redefining what are typically known as “good shots”, shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from the arc (not to mention 91.4 percent from the line) all while stepping back, falling away, and otherwise making shots from angles most others would dare not attempt.
On Sunday afternoon, Curry scored 22 points and delivered seven assists in a 101-86 Warriors victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
In all, Curry earned 100 first-place votes, comfortably surpassing the MVP runner-up James Harden, who tallied 25 first place votes. LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis rounded out the top five.
|Stephen Curry, Golden State||100||26||3||—||1||1,198|
|James Harden, Houston||25||87||13||4||—||936|
|LeBron James, Cleveland||5||12||62||32||12||552|
|Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City||—||5||33||41||29||352|
|Anthony Davis, New Orleans||—||—||9||35||53||203|
|Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers||—||—||10||15||29||124|
|LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland||—||—||—||1||3||6|
|Marc Gasol, Memphis||—||—||—||1||—||3|
|Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers||—||—||—||1||—||3|
|Tim Duncan, San Antonio||—||—||—||—||1||1|
|Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio||—||—||—||—||1||1|
|Klay Thompson, Golden State||—||—||—||—||1||1|