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Earlier this week, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors won his second straight NBA MVP award and for the first time in the many decades this award has been awarded, the decision was unanimous.
This may not seem like much, but when you consider how many people vote and how biased their votes have been in the past, it becomes a huge thing. Namely, in order for a player to become a unanimous MVP, they need to get all 130 first-place votes from broadcasters and sportswriters, as well as the one from the Kia MVP fan vote.
Well, Steph won them all.
Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs came in second in voting, with less than half of Steph’s votes, while LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavalierswon a few votes less, enough for the third place.
The most incredible thing was not the number of points that Steph got in the voting or even the fact he won every single one first-place vote. The most incredible thing is that he earned it. We do not even know where to start.
For one, there is his bombing from beyond the three-point line which has been unprecedented this year. He shot 44.6 percent from beyond 25 feet. In case you are not familiar with regulation basketball court measurements, shots from beyond 25 feet are considered heaves more than shots in general. And Steph shot 44.6 percent from there.
He also joined the 50-40-90 Club, meaning that he shot more than 50 percent from the field, 40 from the three and 90 from the free-throw line. He is the ninth player to join the team, but none of the players who are already in it ever shot half the amount of threes he did this season.
Simply put, Curry’s combination of precision and volume was never before seen in the NBA.
More importantly, Curry’s numbers are not empty numbers. He led his team to the winningest NBA season in history, at 73-9. He also took over a number of games this season, beating the opposing team all by himself. Most recently, he did it in Portland, pushing the game into overtime and then scoring 17 points in OT to beat the home Trail Blazers.
On top of all that, there is the simple fact that he is changing the entire game. His Warriors are ushering in a new way to play the game and other teams have only one thing on their mind – how to stop them.
There was never a player like Curry. Saying someone is the best ever is never a smart thing to do. He is definitely unique.