Win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award? Check. Help your team become NBA champions? Check. Start your season undefeated and make history? Checkmate. If Stephen Curry does not excite you, you are mistaken.
The Golden State Warriors are on an incredible run as the reigning NBA Champions. They are 20-0, making them the first team in NBA history to have such a start to their season. Starting point guard, Curry, has played a big part in that.
On opening night, Curry scored 40 points against the New Orleans Pelicans. Four days later, he scored 53 points against the same team. He has scored more than 40 points in at least six games. Not to mention, he has had five games in which he scored more than 20 points in a single quarter. He has made more than 100 three-pointers in 20 games. Stephen Curry is not just another basketball player. He will go down as one of the best to play the game. We are witnessing history.
Many players lose their spark after a championship. Some get too caught up in their own hype. Curry is the opposite. He is hungry for more.
It is evident Curry thinks that in order to be the best, he has to play his best. His mindset is that this is only the beginning, and he has not played at his best level yet.
It is that drive that separates Curry from other athletes. He does not settle or feel content. It is almost as if he feels like he has something to prove. Which, to be honest, makes sense. During the 2009 NBA Draft, Curry dropped to the seventh pick. His team finished with losing records his first three years in the league. His third season was plagued with injuries. But he overcame those obstacles. Boy, did he ever.
During the 2012-13 season, Curry helped lead the Warriors to the NBA Playoffs. Many fans consider that season the beginning of his reign. He scored a career-high 54 points against the New York Knicks. He broke the NBA record for the most three-pointers in a single regular season.
During the 2014-15 season, he made his 1,000th career three-pointer. He became the fastest player in NBA history in doing so. He lit up the league with his innovative style of play. He brought much-needed excitement to the court. He proved why he was more than just his team’s most valuable player.
Curry is on a mission this season to pick up where he left off. He is showing everyone why he and his team are champions. He is proving why he is the reigning MVP while simultaneously making his case to win it again. Curry is the best in the league right now and is well on his way to being one of the best in history. He is reinventing the game, and he looks cool doing it. That is why Stephen Curry deserves to win Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year award.