Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry started 2015 on a record-breaking winning streak, and he hasn’t stopped.
Last year, Curry led the Warriors to their best season in team history with a 67-15 regular-season record. He led the team in scoring with 23.8 points per game, dished out 7.7 assists per game and notched 2 steals in 32.7 minutes per game.
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Curry also led the NBA in steals (163), free-throw percentage (91%), and 3-point shots made (286)—a league record that topped the old mark of 272 set by Curry during the the 2012-2013 season.
Curry was crowned the NBA MVP, earning a well-deserved 100 of 130 first-place votes. He’s the first player in the Warriors organization to win the award since Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain in 1959-60.
The winning did not stop there. Curry continued to guide the top-seeded Warriors into the Playoffs, where they eventually beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, winning Golden State’s first title since 1975.
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Even with that winning résumé, Curry had very little down time during the off-season. He wanted to get even better. Curry told GQ, “The biggest change is I’ve focused a lot on developing my ball-handling, with different techniques and different approaches when it comes to using technology and kind of—I don’t know what to call it—sensory stuff that we used. Stuff outside the Warriors.”
Coming into the 2015-2016 season, the Warriors were the object of high expectations, but no one foresaw the best start in NBA history. Yet that’s exactly what Curry and Co. gave them, reeling off 24 straight victories.
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Currently leading the league in scoring with 31.8 points per game, and on pace to again set a new 3-point record (he makes deep shots look like layups), Curry has definitely upped his game—to the point where he might win the Most Improved Player Award. If he keeps this up, Curry could go down as the best shooter in NBA history.
Curry’s leadership, hard work and success in 2015 is why he is STACK’s Athlete of the Year.