Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors guard, could become the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, according to league insiders. The voting ballot would be revealed over the next few days.
The NBA has never seen a unanimous MVP since introducing the award in 1995-96, which was won by Bob Pettit. In 1995-96, Michael Jordan led his Chicago Bulls to 72 wins but shockingly lost two first-place votes to Penny Hardaway. In 1999-00, Shaquille O’Neal came close but lost one first place vote to Allen Iverson. Again, in 2013, LeBron James was one vote away from making history but a media member decided to vote for Carmelo Anthony instead.
O’Neal and James made really strong arguments for the first unanimous MVP. If any season deserved a unanimous MVP, it’s probably Curry’s record-shattering 2015-16 performance. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Curry wins the vote of all media members.
Stephen Curry shatters records
- Only player in NBA history to hit 400+ 3-pointers in a season. Curry shattered his own single-season record – eclipsing the 286 threes he made last year.
- Only player in NBA history to average 30 points per game from less than 35 minutes per game.
- Third player in NBA history to join the 50-45-90 club. After Steve Kerr and Steve Nash, Curry became the first player to shoot 50% from the field, 45% from three and 90% from the free throw line.
- First player since Michael Jordan to average over 30 points per game while leading the league in steals.
- Eleventh player in history to win back-to-back MVP awards.
- Third player after Michael Jordan (1987-88, 1989-90, 1992-93) and Allen Iverson (2000-01, 2001-02) to lead the league in points and steals.
ESPN’s Mark Stein summed it up the best. “Curry has given himself a chance at sweeping the balloting thanks to a season as statistically dominant as any guard has ever assembled.”
The question is – is there a voter out there who voted against Stephen Curry?