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Stephen Curry: Why he deserves to stand alone as the only unanimous MVP

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The inevitable has finally happened and Steph Curry has been named as the first unanimous MVP in the award's 61-year history and quite frankly, there was never any doubt.

Countless superstars, legends, and Hall of Famers have won the honour before him, but none were able to do it unanimously which sets the point guard apart from the rest.

But he deserves to be put in a different category to the rest because he's truly a unique talent that has never been seen before in the NBA. He is the only MVP that can't be compared to the others because there simply isn't a comparison.

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Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, the list of stars to have lifted the award is endless, but there is a real significance with the current back-to-back winner.


After being named MVP for the first time in his career last season, Curry wasn't even considered as the favourite to reclaim the accolade this year.

Many experts left the 28-year-old off their MVP predictions before the campaign began.

LeBron, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were the names that garnered more attention, which possibly contributed to his record-breaking year.

NBA MVP Press Conference

There was even a notion that James Harden was the more deserving winner in 2015 because of how he carried a Houston Rockets team dealing with injuries to a second-place finish in the Western Conference.

All of this may have played on Curry's mind and over 79 games, he went out onto the court and rendered it all nonsense with breathtaking displays that would leave the voters with little doubt this time around.


The point-guard is a special, once in a lifetime talent that has single-handedly changed the game as we know it.

He is the best shooter to ever grace the hardwood and cannot be compared to any player past or present, these players don't come around often so we must cherish him.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

He can be held responsible for the 30 teams in the league shooting the most three-point attempts ever in a single campaign. It takes an individual with a unique basketball gift to have such an impact on an entire league.

I'm sure everybody is aware of his regular season numbers by now, but it doesn't hurt to go over some of them one more time.

He led the league in scoring at 30 points per game, hit a record 402 three-pointers - obliterating his own record he set last year at 286 - and became just the seventh player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club.

This all led to the Golden State Warriors ending the year with a 73-9 record, surpassing the best regular season mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four


It was almost fitting that Curry was handed the MVP award the day after he returned from injury to break another record.

The three-time All-Star spent two weeks on the sidelines with a sprained right MCL and made his comeback in game four of his team's Western Conference semi-finals series against the Portland Trail Blazers, scoring a playoff overtime best of 17 points to lead the Dubs to a victory and a 3-1 series lead.

It is more evidence of why he was the unanimous winner, doing things that have never been done before.

There were even genuine calls for the All-Star guard to be named as the Most Improved Player for his rise from the previous campaign. He finished fourth in that voting in case you were wondering.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

The NBA's slogan is "where amazing happens" and Curry has certainly helped the organisation live up to that billing.

He is inspiring youngsters all over the world by proving that you don't have to be tall or be physically imposing to be a good basketball player. Then again, not many will be blessed with the shooting ability that he has.

"I want to be remembered as someone who worked hard, that got the most out of my potential and talent and pushed the envelope," the two-time MVP said in his acceptance speech.

Curry is the most entertaining player on the planet and even those who don't follow basketball are aware of who he is and he's become a superstar both on and off the court. He is a true ambassador for the game and the NBA should be grateful for his existence.

He is thoroughly deserving of his unanimous MVP honour and equally deserves to be the first person to do it. Shaq and LeBron were both one point shy, but with Curry, it was never in question.

The scoring champion also joins Magic, Jordan, and Nash as the only guards to earn the honour in consecutive seasons.

We are blessed to be witnessing a master at work and one of the greatest players to ever pick up a basketball. On behalf of all fans of the sport, I hope he continues on this absurd trajectory and provides us with jaw-dropping moments for many more years to come.

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