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In a moment of gratitude, the Warriors icon spoke out on his win, thanking the fans himself in a heartfelt message: “I just wanted to thank all the fans who voted for me for best NBA player,” Curry said. “It was a hell of a season, hell of a year. I was trying to reinvent myself on the court, just trying to expand my game. I do it for the fans, I do it for you guys and I really appreciate the love and support. Looking forward to bigger and better things in the future, knowing I still got it.”
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has won the 2021 ESPY Award for Best NBA Player, as voted on by fans and announced this evening on ABC at the network’s annual Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly award show in New York. The honor comes following a season in which the Warriors guard was named to the 2020-21 All-NBA First Team, having led the league in scoring with 32.0 points per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three-point range and 91.6 percent from the line, adding 5.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.22 steals in 34.2 minutes over 63 games.
Today at the 2021 ESPYs, Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball was named the Best Breakthrough Athlete following his rookie campaign, which also earned him the 2020-21 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Other nominees for the award included, Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers), Chase Young (Washington Football Team) and Crystal Dangerfield (Minnesota Lynx). Ball, who was selected third overall by the Hornets in the 2020 NBA Draft, averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 28.8 minutes per game, appearing in 51 games (31 starts). Ball ranked 17th in assists and ninth in steals per game among league leaders in his first season as he became the only player in the last 60 years to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds, assists and steals at the All-Star break.