12 May 2016 Current Affairs: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight year on 10 May 2016.
With this, he became the first unanimous winner in the award’s 61-year history after a record-breaking contribution to the Warriors’ historic season.
Stephen Curry, the 11th person to win back-to-back MVP awards, swept all 131 first-place votes including 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the Kia MVP fan vote. He secured 1310 points to top in the list.Becoming the 11th person to win back-to-back MVP awards, he joined an illustrious club that includes the likes of James, Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
28-year-old, Curry was followed by San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (second with 634 points) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (third with 631 points).The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (stood at fourth place with 486 points) and Kevin Durant (stood at fifth place with 147 points).
The league said that it is the first time in the National Basketball Association’s history that a player has been the blanket first pick for the award. No player, not even Michael Jordan in his pomp, has been a unanimous choice for MVP.
Why MVP is chosen : The MVP award is chosen by a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada with one vote going to fans.Under a preferential voting system, players receive 10 points for a first choice vote, seven points for each second place vote, five points for third, and three points for fourth and one point for fifth.