Stephen Curry Repeats His 2016 Heroics to Clinch Yet Another MVP Award at NBA Finals 2022

Published 06/18/2022, 3:27 AM EDT
Jun 16, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) holds up the Most Valuable Player Trophy after defeating the Boston Celtics in game six in the 2022 NBA Finals at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The Golden State Warriors beat the Celtics 4-2 in the 2022 NBA Finals to win the NBA title. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala have won their 4th NBA title together. 

Stephen Curry is quite possibly the best shooter in the history of the NBA. This has been a widely accepted fact for quite some time now. His ability and gamey have never been in doubt. His impact on the game has been literally “game-changing”. Steph had won every possible award, considering his game style and position.

But having won 3 NBA finals in his career, one award that eluded him so far was the Finals MVP. However, now he has finally accomplished it in a remarkable fashion.

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In the 2014-15 season, Steph won his first regular-season MVP and guided the Warriors to their first title in 40 years or so. One year later, he stepped up and won the MVP unanimously. He became the first and only player to ever achieve this. Nobody in the history of the NBA has ever won the MVP award with 100% votes in his favor.

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This year he has repeated the 100% record not once but twice. Firstly, he won the Conference Finals MVP unanimously and now he has won the 2022 NBA finals MVP unanimously. Steph has become the only player to do so. With such a resume, he has cemented himself as a generational player.

Comparing the performances of Stephen Curry in the NBA finals

Steph’s first MVP in 2014-15 was followed by an NBA finals appearance. But that year he could not win the Finals MVP. Curry averaged 26 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in the Finals. But Andre Iguodala won the finals MVP. Even though many believed that it was unfair, his overall impact on the finals was essential for their victory. Iguodala averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4 assists in the Finals.

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Then next year, when Steph unanimously won the MVP, LeBron James stole the show in the finals. He and Kyrie carried the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit to a 4-3 win in the NBA finals in 2016.

Then Kevin Durant came along and the roles were set. Even though Stephen Curry was absolutely amazing, KD was undoubtedly better and won the Finals MVP two years in a row.

This year was a sure-shot chance for Steph, and he did not let it slip. He was tremendously consistent in the 6 games played. He averaged 31.2 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

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WATCH THIS STORY: Stephen Curry’s best final performances.

Steph achieved the feat this year in a comfortable fashion and deservedly so. The wait was long and worth it. Stephen Curry stepped up and once again showed why he would always be remembered in the NBA history long after his retirement.

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Chaitanya Sharma

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Chaitanya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his engineering from SRM University. Having determined an interest in football and basketball, he was inclined towards having a job in the sports industry.

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