Steph Curry has had an incredibly memorable run in the NBA Playoffs lately – and he hasn’t even had his fair share of time on the court. The media, however, is eating him up. The past few months have been a whirlwind as he led the Warriors to the most winning season in NBA history, sustained an injury, sustained another injury, all while continuing his unprecedented run of insane buckets. And now, he is the first player to gain 100 percent of the votes to take out his second straight MVP award.
Consider past NBA MVPs: Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James. All of them are legends. And none of them received a unanimous vote for MVP. LeBron and Shaq came close, but there was still a sliver of doubt that they deserved it somewhere within the voting committee.
This is a big deal for more reason than one. For one thing, it’s yet another landmark Curry has achieved in 2016. The unanimous MVP vote is a proverbial slap in the face to everyone who questioned the merits of the Warriors as the most winning team in NBA history. Every player has their golden years – but Steph, even after sitting out multiple games in the last few weeks, seems to be at a platinum level.
But the more important takeaway from this unprecedented unanimous vote is the fact that it starts a conversation as to whether Steph Curry is a true legend. There is no doubt that he would go down in history as one of basketball’s all-time greatest; but his latest achievement begs the question: has he surpassed LeBron, Kobe and all of the other NBA MVPs who failed to receive undisputed positive reception? Many will say yes. Even more will say no.
I say it’s irrelevant. Love the Warriors or hate them, there is no denying that Steph Curry is one of the most amazing players to grace the courts of America’s great arenas. But this unanimous vote is not a measure of comparison. A player’s greatness isn’t a black and white metric. Rarely has anyone agreed on one decided all-time greatest player, and the amount of votes someone receives for NBA MVP won’t all of a sudden change the objective dynamic of analyzing basketball’s biggest stars.
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Instead of worrying about whether Steph Curry has usurped the title of ‘Best MVP of All Time’, one should worry about the state of basketball today. The fact is that, no, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kevin Durant or even Michael Jordan never gained a unanimous vote for NBA MVP. But the other fact is that Steph Curry wasn’t up against them. Forget the greats of the past – look at the state of basketball today. Can one really argue that Steph Curry isn’t the most valuable player in the league right now? Maybe you can, but it’s easier to swallow when considering the climate of the NBA right now.
As a fAn of the game, I don’t want to be forced to compare Steph Curry to the greats of the past just because he got a unanimous vote for MVP in 2016. I want to recognize the fact that he truly is the best in the game right now, but the ever-evolving history of the game will never take the accomplishments of other legends away. In any case, he has definitely earned his spot as an all-time great and nobody will (nor should) forget this vote any time soon.