kerrcurry2The Golden State Warriors won their record 73rd game and Kobe Bryant scored 60 points on the last night of the season and the last of his career. Then ESPN and the Internet tripped over themselves to say that Kobe had stolen the night from the Warriors. Except that, when considering the issue for more than 30 seconds, Stephen Curry scoring 46 points on 24 shots and leading his team to the greatest regular season of all time is higher art than Bryant scoring 60 points on 50 shots in a meaningless sideshow.

Stephen Curry is the anti-Kobe. He is the antidote to Kobe. Curry is an efficient scorer. He is a good teammate. He is a likeable superstar. Kobe is Bizzaro Curry.

When Bryant announced his retirement in a poem on The Players’ Tribune and in a press release positing him as a “Hero / Villain” — which was trademarked by Kobe, Inc. — it wasn’t just cynical marketing. It was his permission slip to shoot 36 percent and be bad at basketball for an entire season. For the Lakers to lose. For Bryant to not be held accountable.

His farewell tour was strange. But not as creepy as Michael Jackson being his “biggest mentor.” Both settled sexual assault cases out of court.

And so he goes

These are the 2015-16 NBA awards.

Player of the Year | Stephen Curry, Warriors. 30.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 56.6 2-point shooting, 45.4 3-point shooting, 90.8 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals, 31.5 PER, 8.85 RPM.1 Age [27] Curry had one of the greatest seasons of all time. He led the league in scoring, free throw percentage and steals. He broke his own record for 3-pointers — in February. He led the league in Player Efficiency Rating (eighth all-time) and True Shooting Percentage.

2. Russell Westbrook, Thunder
3. LeBron James, Cavaliers
4. Kevin Durant, Thunder
5. Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

Rookie of the Year | Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves. 18.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 55.9 2-point shooting, 81.1 free throw shooting, 22.5 PER, 0.89 RPM. Age [20] One of the top 10 seasons of all time by a 20-year-old.

2. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
3. Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks

Coach of the Year | Steve Kerr (and Luke Walton), Warriors. 73-9. Gregg Popovich’s coaching acumen with Phil Jackson’s Zen.

2. Gregg Popovich, Spurs
3. Steve Clifford, Bobcats

Honorable mention | Dwane Casey (Raptors), Brad Stevens (Celtics), Stan Van Gundy (Pistons)

Defensive Player of the Year | Draymond Green, Warriors. 1.5 steals, 1.4 blocks, 4.51 Defensive RPM. Age [25] Too close to call. Kawhi Leonard anchored the league’s best defense, but Green can guard all five positions.

2. Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
3. DeAndre Jordan, Clippers

Point guard | Chris Paul, Clippers
Shooting guard | Danny Green, Spurs

Sixth Man Award | Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers. 7.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 58.8 2-point shooting, 61.6 free throw shooting, 15.9 PER, 1.00 RPM. Age [24] He will start in the playoffs.

2. Ed Davis, Trail Blazers
3. Enes Kanter, Thunder

Bench | Thompson, Davis, Kanter, Andre Iguodala (Warriors), Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson (Pelicans) and Will Barton (Nuggets)

Most Improved Player | Kemba Walker, Hornets. 20.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 45.9 2-point shooting, 37.1 3-point shooting, 84.7 free throw shooting, 20.8 PER, 2.85 RPM. Age [25] Everyone hates this award, because it’s undefined. The winner is usually a still developing player whose minutes doubled — which is why Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum is the favorite. But Walker improved his shooting.

MIN 2FG 3FG FT eFG
last season 34.2 .418 .304 .827 .429
this season 35.8 .459 .374 .847 .497

2. Draymond Green, Warriors
3. Reggie Jackson, Pistons

Teammate of the Year | Draymond Green, Warriors. 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 53.7 2-point shooting, 38.8 3-point shooting, 69.6 free throw shooting, 13 triple-doubles, 19.3 PER, 8.28 RPM. Age [25] The perfect point forward, Green led the league’s best team in rebounding and assists.

FIRST TEAM

Forward | LeBron James, Cavaliers. 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 57.3 2-point shooting, 30.9 3-point shooting, 73.1 free throw shooting, 27.5 PER, 8.37 RPM. Age [31] One of the top five players of all time.

Forward | Kevin Durant, Thunder. 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 56.8 2-point shooting, 38.8 3-point shooting, 89.8 free throw shooting, 28.2 PER, 6.08 RPM. Age [27] He has scored at least 20 points in 64 consecutive games — 62 short of Wilt Chamberlain’s record.

Center | DeMarcus Cousins, Kings. 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 47.3 2-point shooting, 33.3 3-point shooting, 71.8 free throw shooting, 23.6 PER, 5.03 RPM. Age [25] Kentucky is now the cradle of centers: Cousins, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein. Even Nazr Mohammed played 19 minutes this season.

Point guard | Stephen Curry, Warriors. 30.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 56.6 2-point shooting, 45.4 3-point shooting, 90.8 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals, 31.5 PER, 8.85 RPM. Age [27] Nike lost Curry to Under Armour.

Point guard | Russell Westbrook, Thunder. 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 50.3 2-point shooting, 29.6 3-point shooting, 81.2 free throw shooting, 2.0 steals, 18 triple-doubles, 27.6 PER, 7.58 RPM. Age [27] He’s better than Kevin Durant.

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SECOND TEAM

Forward | Kawhi Leonard, Spurs. 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 52.8 2-point shooting, 44.3 3-point shooting, 87.4 free throw shooting, 26.0 PER, 8.20 RPM. Age [24] The best two-way player in the game and the most well-rounded elite shooter since Larry Bird.

Forward | Draymond Green, Warriors. 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 53.7 2-point shooting, 38.8 3-point shooting, 69.6 free throw shooting, 19.3 PER, 8.28 RPM. Age [25] Lineup of Death: Green, LeBron, Durant, Curry and Westbrook.

Center | DeAndre Jordan, Clippers. 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 70.4 2-point shooting, 43.0 free throw shooting, 2.3 blocks, 20.6 PER, 4.50 RPM. Age [27] Led the league in field goal percentage for the fourth straight season.

Point guard | Chris Paul, Clippers. 19.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 50.1 2-point shooting, 37.1 3-point shooting, 89.6 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals, 26.2 PER, 8.07 RPM. Age [30] He punched Kevin Durant and Rudy Gobert in the crotch.

Point guard | Kyle Lowry, Raptors. 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 46.1 2-point shooting, 38.8 3-point shooting, 81.1 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals, 22.1 PER, 6.33 RPM. Age [29] Best backcourts:

1. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Warriors
2. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
3. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Trail Blazers
4. Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, Hornets
5. Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, Clippers

THIRD TEAM

Forward | Paul George, Pacers. 23.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 44.7 2-point shooting, 37.2 3-point shooting, 86.0 free throw shooting, 20.9 PER, 4.60 RPM. Age [25] A great comeback after missing 76 games with a broken right leg last season. He’s eating better, too.

Forward | Paul Millsap, Hawks. 17.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 51.2 2-point shooting, 75.7 free throw shooting, 21.3 PER, 5.03 RPM. Age [30] All ballplayer. No bullshit.

Center | Anthony Davis, Pelicans. 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 51.1 2-point shooting, 75.8 free throw shooting, 2.0 blocks, 25.0 PER, 1.64 RPM. Age [22] Missed 21 games, including the last 14 of the season with a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Guard | James Harden, Rockets. 29.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 49.4 2-point shooting, 35.9 3-point shooting, 86.0 free throw shooting, 25.3 PER, 4.53 RPM. Age [26] He is the laziest defender in the league and an annoying presence, but his offense and durability (82 games, 3,125 minutes) pushed the Rockets into the playoffs.

Point guard | Kemba Walker, Hornets. 20.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 45.9 2-point shooting, 37.1 3-point shooting, 84.7 free throw shooting, 20.8 PER, 2.85 RPM. Age [25] Best season by a Hornets player since Eddie Jones in 1999-2000.

HONORABLE MENTION | Jimmy Butler (Bulls), Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers) and John Wall (Wizards)

  1. ESPN.com’s Real Plus-Minus is the advanced metric of the moment.