Was it ever really a question who would take this award home? From the start of the season Curry was playing at an eye opening pace; showcasing his vastly improved all around game with deep pull-up threes, slick dimes, and solid on-ball defense, Curry was a new player. The scary thing is, Curry came into this season as the reigning MVP and only seemed to be better. Playing in 79 games this year, Steph Curry averaged a league best 30 points while shooting 50 percent from the field, and over 45 percent from three point land. Curry’s 30 points per game was a career high, and seven points higher than he averaged in last years 2014-’15 MVP campaign. Curry also added five rebounds (career high), and nearly seven assists, while stealing the ball a career high 2.1 times a game.
There’s no doubt Curry came into this league and put on a show with otherworldly numbers, but did he deserve to be the first unanimous MVP in NBA history?
When you look at the entire year collectively for not only Curry but the entire Golden State organization, I say absolutely. Being the integral part of a team with the best record in NBA history helped Curry’s case, but his elite performance and consistency all year cannot be doubted or understated. To quote the great Rasheed Wallace, “BALL DON’T LIE!”, and Steph Curry’s 2015-’16 numbers definitely didn’t lie.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (2nd Place)
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavs (3rd Place)
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (4th Place)
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (5th Place)
On a side note, a very deserving Damian Lillard cane in at 8th place for the Blazers.
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