PORTLAND, Oregon: The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry will be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for a second consecutive season, with the scheduled announcement coming as early as Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), according to a source.
“I kind of felt bad today because I didn’t tell him congratulations because I felt like I knew since December,” Warriors forward Draymond Green joked after ESPN.com first reported the story.
“I feel bad. I’m a bad teammate today. It [stinks]. First world problem.”
It is unknown whether Curry will be the first unanimous winner of the award.
“I think winning an MVP would be a pretty good reward, regardless of what the votes are,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Curry would become the first Warriors player to win multiple MVP awards and the third point guard in league history to do so, joining Magic Johnson and Steve Nash.
Curry, 28, was widely believed to be the repeat winner of the award during a season in which the Warriors finished 73-9, the best record in NBA history.
Curry smashed his own single-season record by making 402 3-pointers this season and led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game.
Curry shot 50 percent from the field, 45 percent from 3-point range and a league-best 90.8 percent from the free throw line. He also had the most steals of any player with 169.
“Congrats to my baby love @StephenCurry30 !!! I am so proud of you! God is so good,” Curry’s wife, Ayesha, tweeted.
She also tweeted: “@StephenCurry30 works his butt off day in and day out, and I have never heard him complain once … EVER … So proud right now !!!!”