Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was named the NBA MVP after leading the Warriors to the best record in the NBA and a franchise-record 67 wins.
Curry beat out Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook to win the award.
It’s partially a case of best-player-on-the-best-team award because of how impressive the Warriors were all season long. But Curry was awfully good. He averaged 23.8 points per game to go along with 7.7 assists. He broke his own record for most three-pointers in a season with 286.
As good as the Warriors were, Curry was clearly the key. With Curry on the floor, the Warriors outscored opponents by 16.6 points per 100 possessions. Without Curry playing, the Warriors were actually outscored by 1.2 points per game.
Harden averaged 27.4 points, 7.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds while teammate Dwight Howard missed much of the season.
James was the key cog in revitalizing the Cavaliers this season. He averaged 25.3 points, 7.4 assist and 6.0 rebounds per game taking the Cavaliers from No. 1 pick to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Without Kevin Durant for two-thirds of the season, Russell Westbrook led the NBA in scoring with 28.1 points per game. Anthony Davis finished 5th in voting after averaging 20.4 points per game and 10.2 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans grabbed the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.