Golden State's Curry wins second straight NBA MVP award
OAKLAND, California (AP):
Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.
A person with knowledge of the award said Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as today. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not revealed the winner.
With his unmatched long-range shooting and slick ball-handling, Curry led the Warriors to an NBA record 73 wins in the regular season as both he and his team somehow improved after he won the MVP and led Golden State to their first championship in 40 years the previous season.
The honour comes as no surprise as Curry has been the front-runner since early in the season. The only drama remaining is whether he will become the first player ever to win the award unanimously.
"I kind of felt bad today because I didn't tell him congratulations because I felt like I knew since December," teammate Draymond Green told reporters at a shootaround before Game Four of Golden State's second-round series at Portland.
Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game and shattered his own record for three-pointers by making 402, becoming the first player in league history to top 300 and 400 in a season.
But Curry is more than just a scorer. He averaged 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, led the NBA with 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 50.4 per cent from the field, 45.4 per cent from three-point range and 90.8 per cent from the foul line.
PUT ON A SHOW
More than the numbers, Curry put on a show almost every night during Golden State's record-setting season that started with 24 straight wins and ended with the Warriors breaking the single-season wins record of 72 set by Chicago in 1995-96.
"The way that I play has a lot of skill, but is stuff that if you go to the YMCA or rec leagues or church leagues around the country, everybody wants to shoot, everybody wants to handle the ball, make creative passes and stuff like that," Curry said after winning AP Male Athlete of the Year earlier this season. "You can work on that stuff. Not everybody has the vertical, or the physical gifts to be able to go out and do a windmill dunk and stuff like that. I can't even do it."
Curry has become one of the world's most intriguing and popular athletes, playing golf and doing public-service announcements with President Barack Obama.