What's better than back-to-back MVP awards? The first unanimous MVP. Ever. In the history of the NBA. That's the title Warriors point guard Stephen Curry just won, after the league office made the results official Tuesday afternoon.
Yes, it's true: Stephen Curry is the NBA's first unanimous choice as MVP. Voters got it right.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) May 10, 2016
Stephen Curry, the skinny kid so often rejected, once again goes where no NBA great has gone. Got every first-place vote for MVP.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) May 10, 2016
Everyone agrees: It’s Steph.— ESPN (@espn) May 10, 2016
Curry becomes the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, 11th back-to-back winner ever. pic.twitter.com/AklUx0j399
There have been 11 back-to-back MVPs since the award was first given for the 1955-56 season: Bill Russell (5 total MVP awards), Wilt Chamberlain (4), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Moses Malone (3), Larry Bird (3), Magic Johnson (3), Michael Jordan (5), Tim Duncan (2), Steve Nash (2), LeBron James (4), Curry (2).
The closest anyone has come to a unanimous MVP was Shaquille O'Neal (2000) and James (2013) falling one vote short of consensus.
That's some of the most elite company in sports, let alone basketball, history. And Curry belongs.
A few highlights from his historic season:
- Led the Warriors to a record 73 regular season wins, most in NBA history
- First player in league history to average 30 points in under 35 minutes per game
- Set an NBA record with 402 3-point field goals in one season
- Third player in league history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 45 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line
The news comes on the heels of another record-setting performance by Curry, who scored 17 points in overtime -- the most in any overtime of any game in NBA history -- of Golden State's Game 5 win over Portland.