Steph Curry Becomes 2nd Older Player to Win NBA Scoring Title

Golden State Warriors Background With Steph Curry

  • Steph Curry scored 46 points in Sunday’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Curry wins his second scoring title after finishing the season with a 32.0 point scoring average, becoming the second-oldest scoring champion ever.
  • The Warriors finished as the 8th seed in the West, and will have two chances of getting to the playoffs.

Stephen Curry secured the 2021 NBA scoring title by erupting for 46 points in the Golden State Warriors’ final regular season game, a 113-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Curry needed only three points to become scoring champion after Bradley Beal scored 25 points earlier in the day. Curry entered Sunday averaging 31.8 points per game while Beal finished his 2020-21 campaign with a 31.3 scoring average.

The Dubs’ two-time MVP attempted a career-high 36 shots to score 46 points and win the 2021 scoring title with a 32.0 point scoring average, the highest of his career. His previous high was 30.1 PPG when he became the first unanimous MVP in league history. By winning this year’s scoring title, Curry entered the record books once again.

Second-Oldest Scoring Champion Ever

With the scoring scoring title of his NBA career, Curry joins Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in NBA history to win multiple scoring titles, MVP award, and NBA championships.

Chef Curry also joined Jordan as the only players to win the scoring title at the age of 33 or older. At 33, he is the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan led the league in points during the 1998 season. MJ is the oldest player to win the scoring title, achieving the feat at 35 years and 60 days old. But Jordan averaged only 28.7 PPG that season. Curry finished the regular season with a 32.0 PPG scoring average, doing so with impeccable three-point shooting

Curry shot 42.1% of his 12.6 three-point attempts per game this season, exceeding the volume he set during his two MVP seasons in 2015 and 2016. Earlier this season, he passed Wilt Chamberlain as the Warriors’ all-time leading scorer and moved past Reggie Miller for second place in the NBA’s all-time three-point leaderboard.

But what makes Curry’s scoring feat even more impressive is that he did so after an injury-riddled 2019-20 season for him and he did so in a season where the Warriors played without Klay Thompson due to injury. Because of Steph’s exploits, the undermanned Warriors still have a chance to make the playoffs.

Warriors Clinch the 8th Seed

With their victory on Sunday, the Warriors booked the 8th seed in the Western Conference. And while they still have to go through the play-in tournament to make the playoffs, Golden State will have two chances to get to the postseason.

The Dubs will visit no. 7 seed Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 19th for the right to earn the 7th seed in the West. Should the Warriors lose to the Lakers in that game, they will host the winner of the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs on Friday, May 21st. If Golden State wins, then they will get the final playoff spot in their conference.

If Golden State beats the Lakers, then they will play the no. 2 Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs. The Suns won their 2021 season series 2-1 but Golden State defeated Phoenix 122-116 in their most recent meeting last May 11th at the Chase Center. If the Warriors end up as the 8th seed, they will face the Utah Jazz in round one. The Dubs beat the Jazz 2-1 in their season series, winning their last two head to head meetings of the year, both in Golden State.

So you see, the Warriors aren’t a team than any of the top seeds want to meet in the first round. Not only do they have veterans who have championship experience, they also have a Steph Curry who is the NBA’s scoring champion. We know that the Warriors are a tough out for any team if Chef Curry is cooking like the way he is right now.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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