Steph Curry Wins NBA MVP
Stephen Curry is set to be named NBA MVP for the 2nd year in a row according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Curry led the Warriors to the best record in NBA history (73-9), while his team is in the midst of a series with the Portland Trail Blazers, leading the matchup 2-1 without Curry on the court.
Curry becomes the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. Shaquille O'neal and LeBron James came up one vote short in 2000 and 2013 respectively. He is also the 3rd guard all-time to win the award in back-to-back seasons (Magic Johnson and Steve Nash), and the 11th back-to-back MVP in NBA history. James was the last to win back-to-back MVP's in 2012 and 2013.
This season, Curry broke a number of records. He became the first player in NBA history to average over 30 points-per-game (30.1) while playing less than 35 minutes-per-game (34.2).
Curry also broke his single-season NBA record for made 3-pointers with 402 after he set the previous record last season with 286. Curry joins Steve Nash and his coach, Steve Kerr, as the only players in league history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 45 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line in a single season. He also becomes the 3rd player ever to lead the league in points and steals (Micheal Jordan and Allen Iverson).
His player efficiency rating was 31.5 this season. That's the eighth best all-time and only behind the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James.
Curry hopes to cap off the season with another championship, however his timetable to return from a knee injury is uncertain.