Golden State Warriors Guard Stephen Curry has been named the 2015 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. Curry joins Larry Bird (1986), Michael Jordan (1991-93) and LeBron James (2013) as the only basketball players to earn the honor since the award’s inception in 1931, topping golfer Jordan Spieth and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah for the award.
In 2015, the Curry led Golden State Warriors to their first NBA Championship in 40 years. The team beat their previous record number of single season wins with 67. He became only the second player in franchise history to win NBA league MVP (Wilt Chamberlin was the Warriors other MVP winner.) Curry also broke the single-season record for hitting 3-point shots, 286. The previous record holder: Stephen Curry.
The Warriors went on a 24-0 tear starting the 2015-16 season, the best start in NBA history, winning a total of 28-straight regular season games for the second-longest win streak in league annals. Curry is currently the league’s leading scorer at 30.8 points per game.