Stephen Curry was named the NBA’s MVP for the second season running on Tuesday, and for good reason too as the Golden State Warriors point guard has been lighting up the league all season.
There are seemingly endless numbers that could be used to illustrate just how dominant Curry has been, but here are the ten most telling:
1. 51.6 percent – Curry made 51.6 percent of shots between 28 feet and the half-court line (47 feet) during the 15/16 regular season The rest of the NBA hit 20.8 percent. In fact, Curry made more deep three-pointers than 10 NBA teams combined.
2. 50.4 – Curry averaged 50.4 points per 48 minutes in fourth quarters in 2015/16, the highest rate since the NBA started recording the stat in 1996. The next best average in the last 20 years was 48.9, achieved by Kobe Bryant in the 05/06 season.
3. 402 – Curry smashed his own NBA record of 286 three-pointers last season and by making 402 this season.
4. 688 – Curry made 39 more 3s over this season and last (688) then Michael Jordan did in 15 years in the NBA (581), and also more than Larry Bird did in his 13-year career (649).
5. 42.5 – Curry made 200 contested 3s off the dribble (more than 26 teams), and landed 42.5 percent of them.
6. 31.5 – Curry’s PER (player efficiency rating, a rating of a player’s per-minute productivity) of 31.5 was the best for a guard since Michael Jordan’s 90/91 season.
7. 68.7 percent – Of players who made more than 150 attempts, Curry led the league in field goal percentage on layups this season at 68.7 percent.
8. 30.1 – Curry’s league-leading scoring average. He is the first Warriors player to achieve the feat since Rick Barry did so in 66/67.
9. 2375 – Curry scored 2375 points in the 15/16 regular season, 50.8 per cent of which were from three-pointers.
10. Curry became only the seventh player to join the 50-40-90 club. Curry had a 50.4 field goal percentage, shot 45.4 per cent from long range and had a 90.8 free throw percentage.