Stephen Curry won his second straight NBA MVP award after averaging over 30 points per game and leading the Golden State Warriors to a record 73 regular-season wins.
Curry became the first unanimous MVP in league history, and it seems like it his league now. LeBron James obviously still has something to say about that, but it seems like the days of him winning the MVP award seem to be over.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star small forward, who has won the award four times already (and probably should've won a couple more), finished third in the voting process.
James had something to stay when interpreting the award, since it does stand for Most VALUABLE Player. Here's what he had to say, as well as discussing Steph's historic season.
“I think sometimes the word ‘valuable’ or best player of the year you can have different results,” said James. “You know, that’s not taking anything from anyone that’s ever won the award.
“Look at Steph’s numbers. He averaged 30, he led the league in steals, he was 90-50-40 [shooting percentages from the free throw line, field and beyond the 3-point line] and they won 73 [games]. So, I don’t — do you have any debate over that, really, when it comes to that award? But when you talk about most ‘valuable,’ then you can have a different conversation, so, take nothing away from him, he’s definitely deserving of that award, for sure.”
Did LeBron kind of say he deserved MVP? It depends on the way you look at it. If you interpret the MVP award as a player who is the most valuable to their team, then you could say that LeBron should basically win it every single year.
While that is a factor for the award, it also factors in who had the best stats that year, and it's no question that Steph did. When you also factor that his team got 73 wins that year, you could say he deserves the award.
If the NBA wanted to, they could make a MVP award and the best player of the year. But that may not make too much sense, because LeBron would probably be an 11-time MVP then.
What do you think of LBJ's quote? In my opinion, I think he's being kind of passive aggressive on his statement, and low-key saying he's also deserving of the award. At the same time, though, he doesn't blame the voters picking Steph and he's also very deserving as well.
Now, I wonder what he thinks of finishing behind Kawhi Leonard...