Stephen Curry becomes the 13th player in NBA history to win multiple MVP awards and the third point guard to do so, joining Magic Johnson and Steve Nash. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
article by Marc Stein via espn.go.com
PORTLAND, Ore. — Golden State Warriors guard
Stephen Curry became the first unanimous NBA Most Valuable Player on Tuesday, winning the award for a second straight season. Curry swept all 131 first-place votes, including 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the Kia MVP fan vote. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was second in the voting, followed by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.
Stephen Curry, Warriors
Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Kevin Durant, Thunder
Chris Paul, Clippers
*Received all 131 first-place votes
“I never really set out to change the game. I never thought that would happen in my career,” Curry said Tuesday as he accepted the trophy during a news conference in Oakland, California. “What I wanted to do was be myself. … I know it inspires the next generation. You can work every day to get better.”
The Warriors returned home after Monday’s Game 4 win in Portland, in which Curry had 40 points, 17 coming in overtime.
“He wants it,” coach Steve Kerr said. “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.”
Curry has been an overwhelming favorite to repeat as league MVP since the Warriors’ record-setting start to the season, when they went 24-0 — passing the previous record for best start to a season by nine wins — en route to a 73-9 mark that eclipsed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record as the winningest single season in NBA history.
Shaquille O’Neal and James fell one vote shy of unanimous selection in 2000 and 2013, respectively. 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.
“You make going to work every day, for me, a true joy,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said to Curry. “It’s very hard not to like you. I find it impossible. … We should all appreciate this, appreciate this time, appreciate this moment because life is happening fast.”
Curry also shattered his single-season NBA record for made 3-pointers with 402 — his previous record was 286 last season — while joining Steve Nash and his coach, Steve Kerr, as the only players in league history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 45 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line in a single season.
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