Curry unanimously takes second MVP
On Tuesday, May 10, NBA poster boy Stephen Curry rewrote the record books when he earned the league’s Most Valuable Player award in a unanimous decision, the first player in history to boast such a feat. Achieving MVP accolades for the second consecutive year, “Chef Curry,” as he is nicknamed, is stirring discussion over who the best player in the league is, a title generally reserved for megastar LeBron James in recent years.
It is hard to discredit the 6-foot-3-inch point guard’s run for the top, especially as Curry was the magician behind the Golden State Warrior’s historic 73-win season, just one offseason removed from being crowned the NBA Finals Champions.
Despite battling the injury bug, Curry’s season was a step above the already captivating swishing-and-dishing that fans have become accustomed to, during his relatively short time in the league. Curry led the team in player efficiency rating and shooting statistics, finishing the regular season with an average of 30.1 points per game, the highest in his career.
The Warriors are still full steam ahead, clinching a conference championship berth on Wednesday night when they beat the Portland Trail Blazers in a close match. Curry and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson combined for 62 points in the face of a fierce Blazers defense. Once the game was over, Curry could be seen embracing the game ball, waving to the crowd as a confetti shower made its way over Oracle Arena.
The product of Davidson College, a small NCAA subdivision school, Curry perfectly embodies the humble-beginning success story that sports fans love. Upon declaring for the NBA, Curry was labeled a long shot, undersized for his position with no immediate potential; at most he was considered a development project for whichever team took a chance on him.
Curry quickly carved a niche for himself at Golden State; a deadly three-point shot combined with a pass-first-shoot-last mentality made him a quick favorite among the Warriors faithful. A strong supporting cast led by head coach and former Bulls great, Steve Kerr, immediately launched the team into stardom.
When asked about Curry following Wednesday’s win, Kerr offered great praise, adding, “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.”
Over the years, Curry has built his repertoire as a man of strong faith, respect and humility. These traits were on full display when he received his MVP trophy before a huge press conference. Curry made the speech less about himself, instead reiterating his appreciation for his wife, Ayesha, and daughter Riley.
While Curry is the undisputed MVP for the 2015-2016 season, some are not ready to call him the best player in the league, especially as LeBron James continues to dominate in Cleveland. Ultimately, Curry was drafted six years after James, yet in a matter of 7 years he has managed to close the distance between them. LeBron himself has been vocal in his admiration of Curry at times; other times frustrated at the thought that Curry is overtaking him.
Ultimately, there is no statistic to measure the electricity that Curry brings to the court, the stadiums he packs full or inspiration he offers to many. Nonetheless, Curry is certainly taking the NBA by storm, and most are happy to be along for the ride. His second MVP award is just a small indication of his unquestionable talent and infinite potential.