Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry won his second consecutive NBA MVP award on Tuesday.
Curry became the first player to be voted MVP unanimously as he secured all 131 first-place votes, 130 of which came from a panel of writers and broadcasters, while the remaining vote came courtesy of the Kia MVP fan vote.
The 28-year-old was overwhelmed at securing the prestigious award for the second successive season and for being recognised as one of the game’s greats.
“I never really set out to change the game. I never thought that would happen in my career,” Curry told reporters. “What I wanted to do was be myself. … I know it inspires the next generation. You can work every day to get better.
“They’re going to have more of a spotlight, and people are going to ask questions about whoever it is. When there are legends and people that I looked up to as a player — as a young kid, as a basketball player — Hall of Famers and guys that talk about our team, it means that obviously we’re doing something good so we keep doing it. I take it with a grain of salt.”
San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard came second in the MVP race, while Cleveland Cavaliers talisman LeBron James finished third.
There was little doubt that Curry would be named MVP as he is coming off a record-breaking regular season, in which he played an instrumental role in helping the Warriors amass a 73-9 record, which surpassed the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls’ record for the best regular season in NBA history.
He averaged a career-best 30.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, to go along with 6.7 assists. In addition, he had a career-high 50.4 field goal percentage and eclipsed his own record of 286 three-pointers last season by sinking 402 this season.
Curry now becomes only the 11th player in NBA history to accomplish the feat of winning back-to-back MVP awards. James was the last player to do it when he was part of the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.