Stephen Curry


Stephen Curry named AP Male Athlete of the Year
On Saturday December 26, 2015 . In the past calendar year, he’s become the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, led the Warriors to their first championship since 1975 and then, improbably, improved. The version of Stephen Curry we’ve seen in the past few months has been demonstrably better than last season, which is the biggest reason for Golden State’s historic 28-1 start.

From the Associated Press:

Curry finished first in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, with the results released Saturday. He joined LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as the only basketball players to win the honor in the 85 years of the award. Curry beat out golfer Jordan Spieth, who won two majors, and American Pharoah, who became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.

Stephen Curry MVP 2015

Stephen Curry MVP 2015

While American Pharoah got three more first-place votes than Curry’s 24, Stephen Curry appeared on 86 percent of the 82 ballots that ranked the top five candidates. More than one-third of the voters left American Pharoah off their list. “That’s a real honor,” Curry said. “I’m appreciative of that acknowledgement because it’s across all different sports. … It’s pretty cool.” … “Steph actually looks different,” ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said. “Like the best player in the league usually is also physically opposing — 6-6 plus, scowl on his face, menacing. With the attitude that we appreciated because like a Michael Jordan or Shaquille O’Neal, or Kobe Bryant, you know, just a cutthroat nature. Steph allows us into his living room. We see him on a national stage be a son, a dad, a husband, a father, a brother. And he does all of it while continuing to improve.” Ironically, the news was announced at the same time that Curry’s influence on young basketball players has become a topic of discussion.  -By James Herbert / NBA writer