Stephen Curry ended the MVP discussion.
To the NBA fan, it was a close race between three or four players:
Lebron James/Chris Paul
Curry was arguably the frontrunner before last night’s victory over the Portland TrailBlazers, but that honor was easily cemented after the game.
He went for 45 points and 10 assists, all while shooting a ridiculous 17-23 and 8-13 from three. Those are video game numbers and statistics that the Golden State Warrior faithful are used to by now.
For the season, his numbers, on the surface, are not “eye-popping”:
23.9 points, 7.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 2 steals per game.
But, he’s shooting a robust 48.6 percent from the field, 44.2 from three-pointer, and 91.5 percent from the free-throw line. He’s third in offensive win shares, behind Paul and Harden, at 11.1 (wins contributed by offense) and first in offensive plus/minus at 9.6 (second place Westbrook sits at 8.4). Lastly, he’s third in the league in PER (player efficiency rating) amongst players with over 60 games played.
If Curry was slightly better over the last month (insane to say), he could join the 50/50/90 club. Steve Nash, a two-time MVP, came close to that line just once in 2007-8. It would be a statistic that easily puts Curry over the line for MVP.
But, last night’s game was the final nail. Curry once again broke the made three-pointers record in a single-season. Correction, Curry broke his own record for made three-pointers, as he was the record-holder before last season. Eight three-pointers in a game would do that for you.
To crown Curry would be to recognize one of, if not the best, shooters in the NBA. He’s gifted beyond compare and without Curry at the helm for the Warriors’ offense, they would be in shambles. Of course, some credit should be given to Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and the great bench play, but Curry is the main motor. He’s the guy who creates the shots, finishes the game, and leads the team night in and night out.
If Curry isn’t the MVP, there shouldn’t be an award to recognize the most valuable player. Curry simply is the best this season.
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