Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is the 2014-15 KIA NBA MVP.
After witnessing a season where Russell Westbrook took on the brunt of the offense for the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James led a Cleveland Cavaliers resurgence and James Harden drove opposing defenses crazy, the 6’3″, 190-pound Curry reigned supreme.
It just goes to show everybody you can achieve anything if you put your mind into it. More importantly, you have to put in the work to see your dreams turn into reality.
Curry sure did. Look where he is now.
The NBA announced Curry winning the 2014-15 KIA NBA MVP Award via a press release on its official website on May 4.
James, a four-time NBA MVP, put it succinctly when he spoke with ESPN on Monday:
Disappointed? No, I’m not disappointed. I think it’s well deserved. I mean, you see, first of all, the team success, that’s the first thing that pops out.
He’s the catalyst of that 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.
James is spot on in his assessment. Harden and LBJ were cornerstones of their respective teams’ success this season, Curry’s scintillating play was one of the reasons why the Warriors won a league-best 67 games in 2014-15.
And yes, Steph Curry is the catalyst of Golden State. His spunk is what gets his teammates going. The 2014-15 NBA MVP could soon lead the Warriors to their first NBA title in 40 years.
Stephen Curry Wins the 2014-15 KIA NBA MVP Award
The NBA announced Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is the 2014-15 NBA MVP in a May 4 press release on its official website:
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, who set a single-season record for three-pointers made and led the league’s best regular-season team in scoring, assists and steals, has won the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the NBA announced today.
The 6-3 guard becomes the second Warriors player to win the award, joining Wilt Chamberlain, who was honored in 1959-60 when the franchise played in Philadelphia.
Curry totaled 1,198 points, including 100 of 130 first-place votes, from a panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, as well as the Kia MVP fan vote on NBA.com.
Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote and one point for each fifth-place vote.
Rounding out the top five in voting were the Houston Rockets’ James Harden (936 points, 25 first-place votes), the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (552 points, five first-place votes), the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (352 points) and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (203 points).
Curry helped the Warriors win a franchise-record 67 games by averaging 23.8 points (sixth in the NBA), 7.7 assists (sixth), a career-high 2.04 steals (fourth) and 4.3 rebounds.
The 27-year-old Curry made 286 three-pointers, breaking his own NBA record of 272 set in 2012-13. He shot 48.7 percent from the field and ranked fourth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (44.3).
Curry also led the NBA in free-throw percentage (91.4), converting a career-high 52 consecutive free throws from March 9 to April 4.
With Curry leading the way, Golden State became the 10th team in NBA history to win at least 67 games in a season. The Warriors scored 920 more points than they allowed with Curry on the court, the highest plus/minus for any player this season and an average of 11.5 points in his 80 appearances.
The Parting Shot
In 2014-15, Stephen Curry set the record for most three-point shots made in league history, started in his second consecutive NBA All-Star Game, led the Golden State Warriors to a league-best 67 wins and beat other big-name players such as James Harden and LeBron James for the 2014-15 NBA MVP Award.
Without a doubt, Curry’s latest individual feat is his most impressive to date. But just like most things in life, it didn’t come easy.
According to CSN Bay Area Warriors Insider Monte Poole (who first broke the news of Curry winning the MVP plum on May 3 after Game 1 of the second-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies), Curry has had his share of skeptics and naysayers even before he turned pro.
These doubters said he wasn’t good enough to play in a reputable college basketball program. They said he’s too thin and not big enough to succeed in the NBA. They said he’s better off strutting his wares overseas, something his father and former Charlotte Hornets sharpshooter Dell Curry even thought about, per Poole.
Curry remembered the slights when he played college ball at Davidson College in North Carolina. Back then, Poole says Curry “made college coaches from coast to coast regret their disinterest, if not their ignorance.”
Now that Curry has won the NBA’s highest individual honor, these same skeptics must be pulling their hair off their heads.
Curry told ESPN on Monday there were times he wanted to give up, but was thankful he didn’t.
“There were obviously good times and bad times,” he told the network. “Times I wanted to shut it down. It just made me feel like how blessed and thankful I am to be in this position.”
That’s the main takeaway from Curry’s accolade: Never give up in the face of adversity. There will always be doubters. Proving them wrong, like Stephen Curry did, is the sweetest victory there is. Beat your enemies with success.
And if you think about it, Curry is reminiscent of other NBA stars who literally started from the ground up: Guys like John Starks, Darrell Armstrong and Avery Johnson.
There will always be NBA players who are like them. And for that, we are thankful.
Is there anything negative we can say about Curry winning the 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP Award? Not one.
All we can say right now is congratulations and good luck to Stephen Curry in his quest of reclaiming the Larry O’Brien trophy for the city of Oakland.