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For just the fourth time in 85 years a basketball player has been named AP Male Athlete of the Year.
The man of the year, Steph Curry joins Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Larry Bird as the only NBA players to achieve this prestigious feat.
Curry has become the face of the NBA and is considered by many the best player in the world.
This award caps off a historic year for the 27-year-old in which he was named league MVP and became an NBA Champion. Via AP:
That’s about all Curry is unable to do on the basketball court. His amazing year, in which he won an MVP, led Golden State to its first title in 40 years and helped the Warriors get off to a record-setting start this season, earned him The Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.
Curry finished first in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, with the results released Saturday. He joined LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as the only basketball players to win the honor in the 85 years of the award. Curry beat out golfer Jordan Spieth, who won two majors, and American Pharoah, who became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.
While American Pharoah got three more first-place votes than Curry’s 24, Curry appeared on 86 percent of the 82 ballots that ranked the top five candidates. More than one-third of the voters left American Pharoah off their list.
“That’s a real honor,” Curry said. “I’m appreciative of that acknowledgement because it’s across all different sports. … It’s pretty cool.”