Today the Associated Press announced that Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is their Male Athlete of the Year for 2015. Given how thoroughly Curry and the Warriors have dominated the NBA, the award should hardly come as a surprise.
In the 2014-15 season, the Warriors went 67-15, a regular season record that’s tied for the sixth-most wins in any year from any team in NBA history. Curry led Golden State in regular-season scoring, at 23.8 points per game, and then increased his scoring average to 28.3 points per game during the Warriors’ 16-5 postseason run. So far in the 2015-16 season, the Warriors are 28-1 and Curry is currently posting the single best PER by any qualified player in league history. Curry’s 4.6 made 3-point field goals per game are easily a career best, making Curry once again likely to break his own record for the most 3-point field goals in an NBA season — he currently owns three of the best five historical seasons in that category.
Earlier, the Associated Press named tennis player Serena Williams as their Female Athlete of the Year, the fourth time that she has earned the award.