UPDATE: Stephen Curry is now officially your 2014-15 NBA MVP.
From the press release:
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, who set a single-season record for three-pointers made and led the league’s best regular-season team in scoring, assists and steals, has won the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the NBA announced today. The 6-3 guard becomes the second Warriors player to win the award, joining Wilt Chamberlain, who was honored in 1959-60 when the franchise played in Philadelphia.
Curry totaled 1,198 points, including 100 of 130 first-place votes, from a panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, as well as the Kia MVP fan vote on NBA.com. Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote and one point for each fifth-place vote.
Rounding out the top five in the voting were the Houston Rockets’ James Harden (936 points, 25 first-place votes), the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (552 points, five first-place votes), the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (352 points) and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (203 points).
According to multiple published reports, Stephen Curry has edged out James Harden for the NBA’s top individual award.
Curry is expected to be officially named the L’s Most Valuable Player prior to Tuesday’s Game 2 vs the Memphis Grizzlies.
Steph led the Golden State Warriors to the best season in franchise history, and a League-best 67-15 record.
The electric point guard averaged 23.8 points per game (sixth in the NBA), 7.7 assists (sixth) and 2.04 steals (fourth). He shot 44.3 percent from 3-point land (fourth), 91.4 percent on free throws (first) and his 48.7 percent overall shooting percentage led all point guards.
Per the AP:
“It’s obviously just, in the middle of a playoff series, it’s hard to kind of separate yourself with other things that may or may not happen,” he said.
“Obviously, I know what the situation is, and just trying to focus on the game, and if I get a call (Monday), I’ll definitely be happy, and there will be a lot of people that can be proud of that moment, as well, and we’ll enjoy it.”
With the revitalized Warriors winning at a historic pace, Curry’s case for MVP echoed around the league as loud as the nightly chants at rowdy Oracle Arena. He beat out Harden, (LeBron) James — a four-time MVP — and (Russell) Westbrook despite the incredible seasons they had.