The NBA's current golden boy has won the most coveted regular season trophy that the league can offer. Strong rumors had surfaced on late Sunday night that Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will get to lift the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2014/15 season, and those reports turned out to be true when on Monday morning the NBA made it official.
The deadeye shooter out of Akron, Ohio got 1,198 total points and fended off competition from Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden, who got 936 points. But while the race to the MVP seemed closer and the total points say so too, the reality is that Harden garnered just 25 first-place votes as compared to Curry's 100 out of 130. The remaining five went to four-time former MVP LeBron James, who finished with 552 points.
Russell Westbrook's late season heroics had brought him into MVP contention, but it seems that voters weren't convinced since his team missed the playoffs. He didn't get a single first-place vote and neither did Anthony Davis, the only big man in top five.
While MVPs get awarded every season and several point guards have won it in the past decade, Curry's ascension to the top is nothing like anything else. Born to former NBA player Dell Curry, it was always going to be a tall order for young Steph to match his father's achievements. After all, the history tells us that sons of former NBA players very rarely manage to step out of their dads' shadows.
On top of the burden of expectations, Curry's slight frame also worked against him. He wasn't highly recruited out of high school as most coaches deemed the then 6-foot Curry too small to make it as a pro. When he finally made it to the NBA, he had a new challenge to overcome. His ankles suddenly became dodgy and he had to undergo multiple injuries in his third season to correct recurring injuries.
At one point, the Warriors seemed to be losing faith due to his health issues, but they somehow avoided trading him and are now reaping the benefits. Since overcoming his injury problems, Curry has established himself as the best shooter in the league. In fact, even though he has more than half his career left, people are already convinced he will go down as the best shooter the game has ever seen,
In the 2014/15 NBA season, he averaged 23.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2 steals per game. He also bettered his own NBA record for most three-pointers made in a season and led his team to an NBA-best 67-15 record.