Stephen Curry: Warriors guard named 2023-24 NBA Clutch Player of the Year

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Stephen Curry is not new to winning titles and claiming accolades, and the Golden State Warriors guard added a new individual trophy to his cabinet as he was named the NBA Clutch Player of the Year on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old claims the Jerry West Trophy as the second-ever winner of the award, which was introduced last season, after seeing off competition from Chicago Bulls’ star DeMar DeRozan and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Curry led the league in clutch points, scoring an NBA-high 189 points in clutch scenarios, which are termed the last five minutes of the fourth quarter of an NBA game when the score differential is within five points.

The four-time NBA champion also topped the league in clutch field goals made (59) and clutch three-pointers scored (32), shooting 49.6% from the field, 45.7% from three-point range, and 95.1% from the free throw line in clutch moments.

The Warriors’ No. 30 finished with 298 votes, including 45 first-place votes, to beat DeRozan, who finished in second with 272 total votes and 34 first-place votes. DeRozan (182) scored seven points less than Curry in the clutch, while leading the league in clutch free throws attempted (74) and made (65).

Gilgeous-Alexander, who is also a finalist for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, finished third with 160 votes, having gotten 11 first-place votes.

Curry, who is currently not playing in the playoffs after Golden State failed to take advantage of the play-in tournament, will be looking to add to his medal haul when he jets out to Paris this summer to represent the United States at the Olympic Games for the first time ever.

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