With the kind of playoffs performance Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is having, it’s easy to forget how good he was in the regular season. He averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assist, and 4.3 rebounds in 2014-15, and he led the Warriors to a franchise-best 67 wins. He also hit 286 threes, which set a new NBA record. (The previous record holder? Steph Curry, when he made 272 in 2012-13.)
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Curry’s accomplishments this season. And for all of it, today he was named the NBA’s 2014-15 Most Valuable Player.
Curry received 100 of 130 first-place votes. The Rockets’ James Harden finished second with 25 first-place votes, and Cleveland’s LeBron James was third with five first-place votes. Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook and the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis rounded out the top five.
This is the first MVP award for Curry, and the second for a Warrior. Wilt Chamberlain won in 1959-60 when they were the Philadelphia Warriors. He’s also the first point guard to win since Chicago’s Derrick Rose took home the trophy in 2010-11.
The announcement made official what a lot of people over the weekend predicted would happen. But when asked about the MVP award after last night’s 101-86 Game 1 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Curry put his team’s success ahead of his own.
He said he’d rather win a title than MVP.
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