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Cheers, Back-to-Back MVP Stephen Curry!

Making the MVP race look 'Stephortless' since last season
by John Paulo Aguilera | May 11, 2016
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The dust has finally settled, and Stephen Curry is (still) your 2015-16 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player.

For the second straight year, the Golden State Warriors guard took home the prestigious individual award after averaging career-highs of 30.1 points (league-leading), 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals (league-leading), not to mention 6.7 assists, while shooting 50.4 percent from the field (career-high), 45.4 percent from three-point range, and 90.8 percent from the foul line (league-leading).

Yet, despite the hardware and the gaudy numbers, many are still doubting Curry's elite status...


We guess being the first unanimous winner of the award—sweeping all 131 first-place votes, 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada, and one from the Kia MVP fan vote—in its 61-season history isn't enough.

We guess steering your team to the best regular-season record in NBA history (73-9) isn't enough.

We guess joining the elite company of Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Steve Nash as the only guards to earn the honor in consecutive seasons isn't enough.

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We guess becoming the seventh member of the 50-40-90 club (shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the foul line) isn't enough.

We guess being the first player in NBA history to average at least 30 points a game despite playing less than 35 minutes per game—34.2 minutes to be exact—isn't enough.

We guess draining a league-leading 402 three-pointers, which shattered his personal single-season league record of 286 set last season, isn't enough.

(When one mixtape for all those threes isn't enough.)

Cheers, Chef. Keep cookin' out there.

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