Stephen Curry’s 2016 regular season was one of the greatest ever. He won the MVP unanimously with all 131 first-place votes. He won the scoring title by averaging 30 points a game. He did it with outstanding efficiency as he shot 50% from the field, 45% from three, and 90% from the free throw line, joining the 50-40-90 club. Curry was unstoppable at the three-point line, hitting 402 threes in the season, shattering his previous record of 286 threes in a single season.
Curry was not as good on defense, but he was still great. He led the league in steals with 2.1 a game and was top 15 in both defensive win shares and defensive box plus-minus. Overall, the Golden State Warriors were the second-best defensive team in the league, and Curry was a big part of that.
Unfortunately, the Warriors did not cap off the season with an NBA championship. They blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals right after overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship by upsetting the Warriors in games 5, 6, and 7. The Warriors won game 4 in Cleveland, taking a 3-1 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Lebron James and Kyrie Irving played incredibly over the last three games, leading them to three straight wins to defeat the Golden State Warriors. Nonetheless, Stephen Curry’s 2016 unanimous MVP season is still one of the most dominant seasons of all time.
Books about Stephen Curry are available to check out from the Mission Viejo Library.