Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has no doubt that Stephen Curry deserves to be the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, he said after practice Wednesday.
“You look at Steph’s numbers, I mean, he averaged 30 [points], he led the league in steals, he was 90, 50, 40, and [the Warriors] won 73 wins,” James said. “I don’t think you really have any debate over that, really, when it comes to that award.”
Curry being given every first-place vote for the MVP cemented his regular season as arguably the greatest in NBA history. James is one of two players, along with Shaquille O’Neal, to fall just one vote short of earning the unanimous MVP, doing so in 2013.
Curry finished the season as the league-leader in scoring (30.1 points per game), and set the single-season record for made three pointers (402). He joined his coach, Steve Kerr, as only the second player to shoot better than 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the free-throw line in a season.
Curry and the Warriors hold a 3–1 lead in their series against the Portland Trail Blazers, while James and the Cavaliers have already advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.