Record-breaking Golden State Warriors sensation Stephen Curry has been named as the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second season in succession. The exceptionally talented point guard, drafted out of Davidson with the seventh overall pick of the 2009 draft, makes history by becoming the first winner in the award's 61-year history to be chosen unanimously after claiming all 131 first-place votes - from sportswriters, broadcasters and fans - and earning 1,310 points.
Such an achievement is ample reward for another breathtaking year in which three-time All-Star Curry spearheaded the Warriors' charge to a regular season record of 73-9, which ranks as the best ever and just eclipses the 72-10 mark posted by Michael Jordan's 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. He also led the league in scoring (30.1 ppg) and steals (2.1 spg) while smashing his own record for successful three-pointers made in a single season with 402.
If all that was not quite enough, the 28-year-old also became only the seventh player to join the 50-40-90 club relating to shooting percentage for field goals, three-pointers and free throws. The closest anyone has ever got to being named as unanimous MVP was Shaquille O'Neal in 2000 and LeBron James 13 years later. The latter finished third in this year's voting, with San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard coming second.
The defending champion Warriors, who broke multiple other team records during a historic campaign, have had to make do without Curry of late due to an MCL sprain in his right knee sustained after slipping on the court at Toyota Center while trying to guard Trevor Ariza during game four of the first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets.
Steve Kerr's side rallied in his absence to blowout their Western Conference rivals back in Oakland and advance to the semi-finals, where they held a 2-1 lead over the Portland Trailblazers before Curry's return for game four on Monday night (9 May). The Charlotte native ended the evening in incredible fashion, playing almost 37 minutes after Shaun Livingston was ejected in the second quarter and eventually dropping 40 points including an NBA-record 17 in overtime. The Warriors won 132-125 and can finish the series in front of their own fans at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday.