Tracy McGrady Comments on Stephen Curry Winning 2015-16 MVP Award

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2016

FILE - In this May 4, 2015, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry holds the NBA's Most Valuable Player award at a basketball news conference in Oakland, Calif. Curry is the first unanimous NBA MVP, earning the award for the second straight season, Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry became the first player ever to be unanimously voted NBA MVP, which the Association announced Tuesday.

Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady said during an appearance on ESPN's The Jump (via B/R's Mike Freeman) that Curry's status as a unanimous MVP speaks to "how watered down our league is."   

Curry's game has been scrutinized by former NBA players most of the year. 

Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson stated in an interview on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in February (via Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media) that Curry's success is the result of current NBA coaches' inability to properly coach:

If I've got a guy who's great shooting the ball outside, don't you want to extend your defense out a little bit? I just don't think coaches today in basketball understand the game of basketball. They don't know anything about defenses. They don't know what people are doing on the court. They talk about analytical basketball and stuff like that.

McGrady followed up his "watered down" comments by saying Curry's MVP is "well deserved" and that he had "a hell of a season," although he went on to point out the NBA isn't as deep or as talented as it was when players such as Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal weren't unanimously winning awards. 

NBA.com/Stats provided a statistical breakdown of Curry's historic 2015-16 season that led to his unanimous MVP selection:

Curry became the first player in NBA history to average at least 30 points while playing less than 35 minutes per game, per Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports. He also beat out the likes of LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul for this year's MVP award. 

The NBA isn't watered down. It's just a different game than it was in the past, a game some older players might not recognize. 

Curry is the most valuable player in the NBA, and no one else came close through no fault of the talent around the league.