Stephen Curry: 1st unanimous NBA MVP
OAKLAND (KTVU) -- Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player, for the second year in a row, becoming the league's first unanimous winner of the award in league history.
The Warriors tweeted the accomplishment Tuesday morning after reports Monday that Curry would snag the coveted honor again.
Several media outlets, including ESPN.com, had quoted league sources as the basis for their reports. The Warriors took to social media around 9:30 a.m. to announce the recognition for Curry.
He was also instrumental in helping the Warriors win Game 4 in the Western Conference semifinals over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Curry, 28, was bidding to become the first person in NBA history to be unanimously named MVP in history. Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron James came up short by one vote in previous years. And he would be just the 11th player to win back-to-back MVP honors in league history.
Curry was key in helping the Warriors surpass the Chicago Bulls' record of 72 wins in a regular season. The Warriors ended their regular season with a 73-9 season. He also broke his own record for the most 3-pointers in a season.
Curry has been seen by many observers as the favorite to repeat as league MVP since the team rocketed to a 24-0 season start en route to piling up the most wins in a season.
In 79 games, the seventh-year guard led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game, becoming the first Warrior to lead the league in scoring since Rick Barry in 1966-67 and the first guard to average at least 30 points while shooting 50 percent or better from the floor since Michael Jordan in 1991-92, according to the Warriors.
Curry also led the league in steals (2.14), becoming the first player to lead the league in both scoring and steals since Allen Iverson in 2001-02, to go with 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 34.2 minutes," the team said.
A panel of 130 voters made up of sports writers and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote, selected Curry for the honor. Visitors to NBA.com were able to cast votes in the contest and their selections would count as one vote toward determining the winner.