Congratulations! Stephen Curry may have lost the NBA championship to LeBron James but he outdid his nemesis to win the 2016 BET Sportsman of the year. HollywoodLife.com has the scoop!
Swish! Stephen Curry, 28, took home the Sportsman Of The Year Award at the 2016 BET Awards on June 26 in LA. He may not have won the NBA Championship, but he did lead his Golden State Warriors to an epic season where they won more games than any other team EVER. They won 73 regular season games breaking Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls record by one AND absolutely demolished the record for 3-pointers in a season with 402. Who else did he beat? Keep reading to find out.
Steph was awesome that is unquestionable. But we would be remiss if we didn’t also salute the other nominees for Sportsman of the year. ESPECIALLY LeBron James, 31, who defeated Steph in the NBA finals and may end up being the GOAT(Greatest Of All Time). That’s right I said it…possibly better than even Michael himself. He led the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 1-3 deficit to win the NBA finals and looked good doing it. He absolutely dominated the series leading BOTH teams in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. SMH!
Although his 2015-2016 season wasn’t one of his best, Kobe Bryant, 37, was as deserving of the award as anyone. The Black Mamba finished up his 20-year Hall Of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers, having brought home 18 All Star appearances, 1 MVP and 5 NBA Championships. No to mention the last game of his storied career where he dropped 60-points on the Utah Jazz.
Cam Newton, 27, had perhaps one of the 5 greatest NFL seasons for a QB ever. He led the Panthers to an amazing 15-1 regular season record with the number 1 scoring offense in the league, scoring 45 touchdowns. And now that he has retired his celebratory dab dance, we can’t wait to see what he will break out next season.
It was a tough year for the N.Y Giants but that didn’t stop Odell Beckham Jr., 23, from becoming a human highlight reel all season long. The talented wide receiver thrilled Giants fans making one jaw dropping catch after another with his freakish athleticism. Still, despite his amazing season on the field it may have been his recent PDA session with Khloe Kardashian, 32, that grabbed him the most headlines. You do you Odell!
All of these guys deserve a huge round of applause for their achievements in the past year. In our eyes they are all winners. HollywoodLifers, do you think the BET voters got it right? Did they select the right guy for Sportsman of the year?