HANG TIME SOUTH BEACH — Stephen Curry will be named winner of the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player award for a second consecutive season later this week, according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Here’s more from Stein:
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be named NBA Most Valuable Player for a second straight season, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the widely anticipated honor for Curry is scheduled to be announced in the next few days, with the Warriors poised to return to Oakland, California, on Tuesday after Monday night’s Game 4 in Portland.
Curry has been an overwhelming favorite to repeat as league MVP since the Warriors’ record-setting start to the season, when they went 24-0 — surpassing the previous record for best start to a season by nine wins — en route to a 73-9 mark that eclipsed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record as the winningest single season in NBA history.
Curry is bidding to become the first unanimously chosen MVP in NBA history; Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James fell one vote shy of unanimous selection in 2000 and 2013, respectively.
There’s a chance Curry may be named the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. Curry averaged a league-leading 30.1 points per game during the regular season for the Golden State Warriors, who posted the best record in NBA history, finishing with a 73-9 mark. The sweet-shooting Curry averaged 45 percent from the three-point line, and also led the NBA by converting 91 percent of his shots from the free throw line and contributing 2.1 steals per game.
Curry has missed six of the Warriors’ last seven playoff games recovering from ankle and knee injuries. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said yesterday that Curry was “doubtful” for tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT). The Warriors hold a 2-1 lead in the series.