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Stephen Curry Named AP 2015 Male Athlete of the Year

In this May 13, 2015, file photo, fans cheer as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring during the first half of Game 5 in a second-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oakland, Calif. Curry has been named The Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
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Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry has added another accomplishment to his resume: Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year. Curry beat out golfer Jordan Spieth and horse American Pharoah, becoming the fourth basketball player to win the award in its 85 years of existence. LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird were the other three.

Curry led the 2014-15 Golden State Warriors to a 67-15 regular-season record and the franchise’s first NBA title in 40 years. The sharpshooter took home the regular-season MVP award in the process by averaging 23.8 points, 7.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds.

Curry has followed that up with an even more magnificent start to this season. Golden State holds a 28-1 record, and the 27-year-old has bumped by his scoring average by seven points per game. He’s currently averaging 30.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 51.3 percent overall and 44.5 percent from three.

Thanks to this start, Curry is in line to repeat as MVP winner, while the Warriors are the favorite to repeat as champion. Golden State also has its sights set on the Chicago Bulls’ record mark of 72-10.

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