Warriors' Stephen Curry Named 2022 Western Conference Finals MVP

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 27, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 26: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals on May 26, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Stephen Curry was named the Magic Johnson Western Conference Finals MVP after his Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, 120-110, winning the series in five games. 

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The first EVER Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Western Conference Finals MVP <br><br>is none other than Wardell Stephen Curry II 👏 <a href="https://t.co/7dtUay6KRQ">pic.twitter.com/7dtUay6KRQ</a>

Curry, 34, was excellent in the series, averaging 23.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists. Game 5's effort—15 points and nine assists—was his weakest effort of the bunch. 

Not that he didn't have his moments:


STEPH CURRY. GOOD NIGHT. <a href="https://t.co/LcmOjg1Oet">pic.twitter.com/LcmOjg1Oet</a>

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🎶 Steph Curry with the … block‼️<br> <a href="https://t.co/KqBdVel7q3">pic.twitter.com/KqBdVel7q3</a>

It continued another excellent season for Curry that saw him average 25.5 points, 6.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game in the regular season while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from three. 

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Curry would be the first one to win the NBA's newest award. Add it to an already crowded trophy shelf. 

Curry is a three-time champion, eight-time All-Star, two-time MVP, two-time scoring champion and four-time first-team All-NBA selection. He's a future Hall of Famer and the greatest shooter to ever live, helping to usher in the modern age of floor spacing and three-point shooting. 

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Players with multiple MVPs and 6+ Finals appearances in NBA history:<br><br>Bill Russell<br>Wilt Chamberlain<br>Kareem Abdul-Jabbar<br>Magic Johnson<br>Michael Jordan<br>Tim Duncan<br>LeBron James<br><br>And now, Steph Curry. <a href="https://t.co/2CqTzLFv9C">pic.twitter.com/2CqTzLFv9C</a>

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The Warriors are the first franchise to reach the NBA Finals 6 times in an 8-season span since the Jordan-Pippen Bulls from 1991-98. <br><br>The only other franchises to do this are the Celtics and Lakers. <a href="https://t.co/l2XiheuOIh">pic.twitter.com/l2XiheuOIh</a>

The one thing that Curry has never won, however, is Finals MVP in five previous trips. In Golden State's 2014-15 title, Andre Iguodala earned the award, while Kevin Durant won it for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 championship teams. 

If the Warriors win a title this year, however, Curry will be the prohibitive favorite to claim the award. Of course, either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat—Boston currently leads the series, 3-2—will have something to say about that. 

But Curry has made it a habit of earning every bit of hardware available. Even the newest trophies.