The cream of the NBA rose to the top last week, at least in the eyes of the league. The Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, arguably the biggest stars in basketball right now, were named NBA players of the week Monday for their respective conferences.

Curry and James, of course, represented their conferences (Western and Eastern, respectively) when their teams met in June’s NBA Finals, which saw the Warriors win their first title in 40 years. Curry also won his first MVP award last season, something James accomplished in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

From the NBA’s press release:

James helped the Cavaliers to a 2-1 week, which included wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks, behind averages of 25.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists. James shot 57.1 percent from the field, 60.0 percent from three-point range, and 87.5 percent from the foul line. …
Curry led the Warriors to a 4-0 week behind 30.8 points (second in the NBA), 6.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals (third in the NBA). Curry shot 50.6 percent from the field and 96.0 percent from the foul line, and connected on a league high 17 three-point field goals.

Not only did the Warriors go 4-0 last week, they have gone 15-0 so far this season, and they can become the first NBA team to ever start off 16-0 with a win Tuesday over the Lakers. As it is, Curry’s squad has set a new record for best start by an NBA defending champion.

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Interestingly, James has had praise for the Warriors, while also all but calling the team lucky for its relative good health, especially as compared to the injury-riddled Cavs. “They’ve been healthy,” James told Dave McMenamin of ESPN. They’ve been the most healthy team I’ve ever seen in NBA history, and they have great talent.”

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