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On This Date: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry named first-ever unanimous NBA MVP

Stephen Curry posing with his two Maurice Podoloff trophies.
Stephen Curry posing with his two Maurice Podoloff trophies. (Getty Images)

On this date in 2016, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry was named the league's first-ever unanimous regular season MVP.

Winning his second successive MVP award, Curry became the 11th player in NBA history to do so and the first since Steve Nash in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Curry received all 131 first-place votes, including 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the Kia MVP fan vote.

Totaling 1,130 points, Curry was followed by then San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (634 points) and then Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (631 points) in the MVP voting.

Leading the Warriors to an NBA record 73 wins in the regular season, Curry, in all 79 games as a starter, averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 34.2 minutes.

He became the first Warriors player to lead the league in scoring since Rick Barry in 1966-67. He also became the first guard since Michael Jordan (1991-92) to score at least 30 points and shoot better than 50.0% from the field as well as the first player since Allen Iverson in 2001-02 to lead the league in both scoring and steals.

By shooting 50.4% from the field, 45.4% from 3-point land and 90.8% from the free throw line, Curry became the seventh member of the NBA's elite 50-40-90 club and joined Steve Nash as the only two members of that club to shoot splits of 50/45/90.

Another remarkable feat of this MVP season was Curry's 3-point shooting. The Davidson alum nailed an NBA record 402 3-pointers, hitting at least one 3-pointer in each of the 79 games he played.

Additionally, Curry recorded more than 10 3s in four games that season, a feat no player has achieved more than three times in their careers.

Curry also led the league in Player Efficiency Rating (31.56) and posted more games with at least 30 points (40), 40 points (13) and 50 points (3) than any player in the league.

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