NBA: 6-foot-3-inches tall Stephen Curry named Most Valuable Player
Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry on Monday was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2014-15 season.other Updated: May 04, 2015 22:27 IST
Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry on Monday was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2014-15 season.
Curry earned 1,198 points in balloting for the award, including 100 of 130 first-place votes, the National Basketball Association said in a statement.
A panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada cast ballots, as did fans in an NBA.com vote. The fan vote counts as one ballot toward determining a winner.
James Harden of the Houston Rockets finished second in the voting. Four-time MVP LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was third, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Curry is the second Warriors player to win the coveted award. Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain won in 1959-60, when the franchise played in Philadelphia.'Baby-Faced Assassin'
On The Ball: Most major US universities didn't offer Stephen Curry a scholarship coming out of high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, believing he was too small at 6-foot-3-inches tall. (AP Photo)
Curry, nicknamed the "Baby-Faced Assassin" and a member of the "Splash Brothers" duo with teammate Klay Thompson, has overcome obstacles at every level.
He grew up in the shadow of his famous father, former NBA player Dell Curry. Most major US universities didn't offer him a scholarship coming out of high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, believing he was too small at 6-foot-3-inches tall.
And some NBA scouts wondered whether his game could transition to the league, where point guards are bigger and defenses are tougher.
Instead, Curry has become a polished, professional point guard who can shoot, dribble and distribute with the best of them. In a game dominated by big men and played by some of the world's greatest athletes, Curry controls the flow without physically overpowering defenders.
But there were times when it seemed Curry's potential might not be reached. Two surgeries on his right ankle in his first three seasons with Golden State fueled questions about his durability. He even had to prove his worth to the team that drafted him seventh overall in 2009.
Curry signed a $44 million, four-year contract extension with the Warriors before the 2012-13 season. Back then, the deal looked like a major risk for the Warriors considering Curry's injury history.
Now? Well, Curry is clearly one of basketball's best bargains.
This season, Curry eclipsed his own record of 272 3-pointers set two years ago, hitting 286 from beyond the arc. He already owns three of the five most prolific 3-point shooting seasons in NBA history.
Curry averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and two steals this season. He shot 48.7% from the floor and 44.3% from 3-point range.
Off the floor, his popularity is also soaring. Curry received more NBA All-Star votes than any player and joined James and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at the league's biggest marketing events during All-Star weekend in New York, where his face plastered posters in subway stations and televisions in taxi cabs.
First Published: May 04, 2015 22:15 IST