May 9, 2016, 6:57 am
Stephen Curry is set to earn MVP honors for the second year in a row, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The announcement comes as no surprise, as the Golden State point guard crushed his competition all season long. Curry’s dominance led the Warriors to a record-setting 73-9 regular season in pursuit of another championship. Currently sidelined with a sprained knee, perhaps another MVP award will soothe the pain for Steph.
Individually, Curry’s statistics are a sight to behold: 30.1 points, 6.7 assists, 2.1 steals and a whopping 5.1 three pointers on a per game basis. Curry’s three point prowess is no secret, and this year he shattered the previous record (his own 286, set last season) for threes in a season with 402. He shot 50.4% from the field, 45.4% from behind the arc and 90.8% from the free throw line, blowing past the 50/40/90 mark and joining Steve Nash and Steve Kerr as the only members of the 50/45/90 club.
Remarkably, Curry did his damage in only 34.2 minutes per game. If the Warriors had been slightly worse, it’s possible Curry would have posted even more impressive numbers. There were 19 games where Curry didn’t see the floor in the fourth quarter in addition to three he missed entirely.
Steph Curry has been the prohibitive favorite for this award for awhile now, and he has a decent shot at being the first ever unanimous MVP. He will be the 11th player to win in consecutive years and the first since LeBron James in 2012-13. It’s a fitting honor to cap off a historic season.