OAKLAND (KRON) — Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has unanimously been named NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA officials announced Tuesday.
Curry is the first ever unanimous winner of the award. He was also the NBA MVP last season making him the 11th player to win the award back-to-back.
“This is an unbelievable honor,” Curry said at the press conference. “I want to thank everybody for being here to celebrate this with me. It’s been a very fun year. Obviously, we’ve accomplished a lot, and to be in the middle of a playoff run and out here competing and striving for another banner, to stop and celebrate all that went into going into this award, it is definitely special. And I want to take the time to celebrate it and thank the people that have helped me get here and kind of just look back and reflect a little bit.”
Curry helped the Warriors break the 1995-96 Bulls’ record of 72 wins in a regular season. The Warriors ended with a record of 73-9.
The 28-year-old also shattered his own single-season NBA record for made 3-pointers with 402. 100 more than his previous record of 286 last season.
He’s the first player in league history to average 30 points per game in less than 35 minutes per game over the course of a full season, according to ESPN.
“I’ve been blessed to do and given the talent to do. You never know exactly how it’s going to unfold, and you just have that faith and drive to have this and have that special attachment to be the first unanimous MVP Award winner it’s definitely special. So thank you guys for voting for me,” Curry said.
LeBron James was the last to get the MVP award back-to-back with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.
This announcement comes as the Warriors take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference semifinals. The teams will play Game 5 Wednesday night in Oakland and so far, the Warriors have only lost once.
“To the Warriors organization, Joe, Peter, the entire front office staff, all the workers that work upstairs at our facility who keep this thing moving, this train moving every single day, this is a great organization to play for. I think we’re definitely on the right path to being one of those historic teams that people remember for a very long time,” Curry said.