Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month on Friday.
The NBA announced the honor on its website Friday. Curry averaged 26.4 points and an NBA-best 9.9 assists in April, playing in eight of Golden State’s nine games. He sat out the season finale at Denver.
He had double-digit assists in five of his eight games, including matching his career high with 16 in a blowout win over Utah on April 6, a night during which he also scored 31 points. Curry also had a triple-double with 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a road win over the Lakers on April 11 and scored 47 points in an overtime loss at Portland on April 13.
In 2013-14, Curry averaged career highs of 24 points and 8.5 assists per game and led the NBA in 3-pointers made for the second straight season, finishing with 261.
He played in 78 games and became the first player in Warriors history to average at least 24 points and eight assists in a season.
He also had four triple-doubles, becoming the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain 50 years ago with that many.
His four 30-point, 15-assist games were the most by a player in a single season since Hall of Famer John Stockton posted four for the Jazz in 1989-90.
Curry also earned his first All-Star berth this season and would have to be considered a prime candidate to earn All-NBA honors for the first time in his career. His player efficiency rating of 24.1 was eighth-best in the NBA (average is 15) and he was fourth with 13.3 win shares.
The Warriors open the 2014 NBA Playoffs on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles against the Pacific Division champion Clippers.