It seems that history is about to repeat itself for Stephen Curry, who became the NBA’s first unanimous Most Valuable Player again. The Golden State Warriors guard has won the award on Tuesday, for a second straight season.
Curry, 28, bagged all 131 first-place votes, including 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the Kia MVP fan vote. Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio Spurs scored second in the voting, followed by LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers.
While accepting the glorious trophy during a news conference in Oakland, California, an overjoyed Curry stated: “I never really set out to change the game. I never thought that would happen in my career.” He continued, “What I wanted to do was be myself. … I know it inspires the next generation. You can work every day to get better.”
At the same time, Coach Steve Kerr expressed: “He wants it, there’s no ulterior motive. He’s constantly trying to improve with no agenda. This is incredibly improbable. But there’s a reason this is happening.”
Warriors’ general manager Bob Myers praised Stephen Curry: “You make going to work every day, for me, a true joy, it’s very hard not to like you. I find it impossible. … We should all appreciate this, appreciate this time, and appreciate this moment, because life is happening fast.”
The American professional basketball player had been an overwhelming favorite to repeat as league MVP since the Warriors’ record-setting 24-0 start to the season, which broke the previous record for best start to a season by nine wins. He also led the Warriors to a 73-9 mark, eclipsing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record as the winningest regular season in NBA history, says ESPN .
“They’re going to have more of a spotlight, and people are going to ask questions about whoever it is,” Curry discussed the challenges that come with being MVP. “When there are legends and people that I looked up to as a player—as a young kid, as a basketball player—Hall of Famers and guys that talk about our team, it means that obviously we’re doing something good, so we keep doing it. I take it with a grain of salt.”
ESPN further reveals Stephen Curry is the first player in league history at any position to average 30 points per game in less than 35 minutes per game over a full season. He is the first two-time MVP in franchise history, and Wilt Chamberlain (1959-60) is the only other Warriors winner. He is also the 11th player to win one-after-the-other MVP awards in the NBA’s 70-season existence followed by James during Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.