Gary Payton doesn’t believe Steph Curry should’ve been the first unanimous MVP
Now, he’s bothered by the fact that Stephen Curry was just named as the first unanimous MVP in the history of the NBA.
However, his statement isn’t so much a detraction of Curry as it is an indictment of voters not making all-time greats like Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Larry Bird unanimous MVPs in the past.
Payton, to Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray:
“It’s about era… I think all of those guys were unanimous decisions too. It just happened in an era that went his way…I commend him and what he’s accomplished, but you gotta think about who was voting for MJ, Kareem, in their time, why they wouldn’t have given all their votes to those guys.”
So, Payton’s point isn’t that Curry didn’t deserve the prestigious honor of being a unanimous MVP. He just feels that there should’ve been one before him.
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