Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was officially named the 2014-15 NBA MVP on May 4.
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is the 2014-15 NBA MVP.
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The Warriors issued a press release on Curry's latest accolade on their official website on May 4:
"Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2014-15 Kia Most Valuable Player, the league announced today. Curry is the second player in Warriors history to be named MVP--and the first in the team's West Coast Era (since 1962-63)--joining Wilt Chamberlain, who earned the honor as a rookie with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959-60.
"Curry, 27, led the Warriors to a franchise-record and NBA-best 67 wins in 2014-15 (67-15, .817) and helped the Warriors capture their first Pacific Division title since 1975-76. Golden State is just the 10th team in NBA history to win 67 games in a single season."
Curry garnered a total of 1,198 points, including 100 first-place votes, from a panel of 129 sports writers and broadcasters from the United States and Canada as well as an online fan vote on NBA.com, per the Warriors.com press release.
The voting order for the 2014-15 NBA MVP is as follows (with first-place votes in parentheses), per Warriors.com:
- Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, 1,198 points (100)
- James Harden, Houston Rockets, 936 points (25)
- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, 552 points (5)
- Russell Westbrook, Oklahohoma City Thunder, 352 points
- Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, 203 points
- Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, 124 points
- LaMacrus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, six points
- Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, three points
- Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, three points
- Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, one point
- Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, one point
- Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, one point
Curry also won Kia Western Conference Player of the Month honors for the months of October and November 2014. With that, he becomes the first Warriors player "to win three career monthly honors," per the team's official website.
In addition, Curry also earned two Western Conference Player of the Week honors and his second consecutive All-Star Game start for the West, per Warriors.com.
Despite winning the league's top individual award this season, Curry told ESPN on Monday it has been anything but easy:
"There were obviously good times and bad times," he told ESPN. "Times I wanted to shut it down. It just made me feel how blessed and thankful I am to be in this position."
Harden proclaimed to ESPN last month he had "done enough" to win NBA MVP honors, but told the network on May 4 he's more concerned about his Rockets' performance in the ongoing postseason:
"That's tough, but we're in the second round of the playoffs, and I got better things to worry about--and that's the Clippers.
"[The Warriors are] a very good team that's rolling right now and it didn't work out, but there's more of the season to continue and play"
Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James of the Cavaliers told ESPN he finds solace in another Akron-born player winning the award:
"Disappointed? No, I'm not disappointed. I think it's well deserved [for Curry]. I mean, you see, first of all, the team success, that's the first thing that pops out.
"He's the catalyst of the whole ship, and I think he's had an unbelievable season. I think it's very well deserved. And it's always great that another kid born in Akron, Ohio, can win an MVP too, so, I like that."
CSN Bay Area Warriors Insider Monte Poole first broke the news of Curry winning the MVP Award on May 3 in the aftermath of the Warriors' 101-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
The ESPN report states Curry received the NBA MVP Award "during an afternoon news conference Monday in Oakland." He will be presented with the trophy again during an on-court ceremony in Game 2 against Memphis.
Curry averaged 23.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists on 48.7 percent shooting and 44.3 percent shooting from the three-point area during the 2014-15 NBA MVP season, per ESPN.
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