Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was officially named the 2015-16 Most Valuable Player on Tuesday, and with that he earned another distinction: Curry is the first unanimous MVP winner in the award’s 61-year history, receiving all 131 first-place votes. Full voting results can be seen here.
It seems a little silly to even have to justify this with numbers because you already know the basic ones. Curry led the league in scoring, averaging 30.1 points. He made 402 3-pointers, shattering his own previous NBA record, and he did so while shooting 45.4 percent from deep. He took 20.2 shots a game and made 50.4 percent of them.
No one has ever scored the way in which Curry does, and no one has ever dominated with such efficiency. Oh, and he led the Warriors to 73 regular-season wins, the most in league history.
Curry is the 11th player to win back-to-back MVP awards. Fittingly, the announcement came the morning after one of his best performances to date, a 40-point explosion against the Portland Trail Blazers in his return from a knee injury. In that game, Curry scored 17 points in the overtime period, a new NBA record. If anyone has ever deserved to be a unanimous MVP, it’s him.