Reports surfaced Monday that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry would be named the 2016 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player. But the reports didn’t state he’d win the award in a manner never done before.
Curry is the first player in NBA history to win the MVP honor unanimously.
The guard — who won the award last season as well — recorded all 131 first-place votes, which includes the 130 votes from sportswriters and broadcasters and the one vote from the Kia MVP fan vote, according to a statement from the league.
To commemorate the achievement, Under Armour will release the Curry MVP Back 2 Back Pack. The two-shoe collection features a re-release of the MVP colorway of his first signature shoe, the Curry One, and a new MVP colorway of his latest signature shoe, the Curry Two. The shoe will be available on June 24 at select retailers and Under Armour Brand Houses throughout the country.
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Curry received 1,310 points, besting second-place finisher Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs (634 votes) and third-place finisher LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (631 points). First-place votes received 10 points each, seven points were awarded for second-place votes, five points for third place, three points for fourth place, and one point for fifth-place votes.
Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game, 3-pointers made in a season with an NBA-record 402, a free-throw percentage of 90.8, and 2.14 steals per game.