Andre Iguodala was named MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals.
Here are the voting results for Finals MVP. Iggy with 7 votes; LeBron with 4. pic.twitter.com/XsgYAqsiAR— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 17, 2015
So yes, that means Steph Curry didn't get a single vote.
When asked in a recent mailbag if Steph deserved the award, Marc Stein of The New York Times -- who voted for Iguodala -- doubled down on his selection.
"I stand by my vote unequivocally," Stein wrote. "Iguodala was a hugely deserving pick who played (by far) Golden State's most effective defense against (LeBron) James at the height of his powers, while also averaging a critical 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and four assists.
"Iguodala was a series-changing force at both ends.The Warriors, remember, lost two of the first three games of those finals to a short-handed Cavaliers team. There was grave concern in the Golden State camp that Cleveland, even without the injured Kevin Love and having lost Kyrie Irving after Game 1, had seized control of the series.
"They were borderline reeling until Iguodala was moved into the starting lineup for Game 4."
Game 4, 2015 NBA Finals: After shootaround, Kerr said no starting lineup change. Of course, Iguodala famously took Bogut's spot. After the Warriors won that night, Kerr said: "I lied. No, I did. I lied ... sorry, but I don't think they hand you the trophy based on morality." 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Nxe12nwIrZ— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 7, 2020
Was Iguodala a worthy MVP? No doubt about it. In no way, shape or form is yours truly saying he shouldn't have taken home the hardware.
But having said that, the truth is that Curry's presence and gravity opened things up in a big way:
Steph Curry wasn't Finals MVP in 2015 (Andre Iguodala was a very worthy winner). But just watch this clip so you don't forget why the Warriors were getting wide open shots... pic.twitter.com/yGepgfLQfW— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) August 28, 2018
In case you forget why Andre Iguodala was the 2015 Finals MVP pic.twitter.com/Mdwoj66NjU— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) September 18, 2017
Steph's performance in Game 2, without question, hurt his standing among the voters.
Steph Curry in the 2015 NBA Finals:— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 9, 2020
-Game 2 = 19 points (5-for-23 overall, 2-for-15 3s), 5 assists, 6 turnovers, 0 steals
-Other five games = 27.4 points, 49.5% overall, 46% 3s, 6.6 assists, 4.4 turnovers, 2.2 steals (plus 1,000 hockey assists after getting trapped at halfcourt)
And it's not like the two-time NBA MVP didn't have any big moments. With the series tied at two games apiece, he racked up 37 points (17 in the fourth quarter) in a pivotal Game 5 victory for the Warriors at Oracle Arena.
Steph Curry's 4th quarter in Game 6 of the 2015 Finals = 13 points (3-for-6 FG), two assists, zero turnovers, three rebounds and plays like this that don't show up in the box score ... pic.twitter.com/UB2JDyHzes— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 17, 2020
Game 5, 2015 NBA Finals. Mike Breen: "Curry for 3 ... BANG! Exclamation point." This 29-foot dagger gave Steph 33 points ... pic.twitter.com/MVDmlm0Wkh— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 9, 2020
Steph is a three-time NBA champion, but doesn't have a Finals MVP on his resume. If he finishes his career without one, some fans/media members, basketball pundits, etc. will knock his "legacy."
But as Micah Adams wrote for "NBA Canada" last week: "Saying that Stephen Curry's brilliance allowed for Andre Iguodala to win Finals MVP might be the perfect way of articulating his understated yet oversized impact."
We will leave you with this:
Andre Iguodala right after being named NBA Finals MVP: "I want to be just like Steph when I grow up." pic.twitter.com/0JI7lx5ZeF— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 17, 2020
That's more important than a Finals MVP, right?
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Why Marc Stein stands by not voting Steph Curry 2015 NBA Finals MVP originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area