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Stephen Curry Named Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2015

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Charles Krupa/Associated Press

The honors keep rolling in for Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who won the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award Saturday. 

According to the AP's release (via ESPN), he is just the fourth basketball player to win the award in its 85-year history, joining LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. Curry topped golfer Jordan Spieth, who won two majors, and American Pharoah, the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978.

"That's a real honor," Curry told the AP. "I'm appreciative of that acknowledgement because it's across all different sports. ... It's pretty cool."

The 2014-15 NBA MVP, who helped the Warriors win their first championship in 40 years, has revolutionized the game with his three-point shooting, ball-handling skills and court vision. 

He is on pace to smash three-point shooting records in a single season, already sinking 134 in 29 games. Curry set the league record last season with 286 made three-pointers, and ESPN (via SportsCenter) is already making a case for him as the best shooter of all time:

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Curry spoke about his game with the AP:

The way that I play has a lot of skill but is stuff that if you go to the YMCA or rec leagues or church leagues around the country, everybody wants to shoot, everybody wants to handle the ball, make creative passes and stuff like that. You can work on that stuff. Not everybody has the vertical, or the physical gifts to be able to go out and do a windmill dunk and stuff like that. I can't even do it.

Curry has shown over the last year that he can do it all. He has become the face of the best team in the NBA and the league as a whole. His jersey is the Association's top seller, per the AP, while his pregame warm-ups draw crowds across the country. 

At just 27 years old, Curry is in the prime of his career, which means there are plenty of good times ahead for the Warriors guard, his team and his fans. 

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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