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Stephen Curry Is Playing Like the MVP

Stephen Curry MVP

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 14: Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors drives as Will Barton (5) of the Denver Nuggets defends during the fourth quarter of Denver's 114-104 win at Ball Arena on Thursday, January 14, 2021.(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Stephen Curry could be the MVP. That is if MVP truly stood for “Most Valuable Player”. Nobody has been as important to their team this season as Curry. Not only that, but Curry is putting up historic numbers and has easily been the most watchable player in the league this year. After hurting his hand last season and then sharing the load with Kevin Durant for so long, people may have forgotten what a spectacle Curry is.

Stephen Curry Is Playing Like the MVP

Stephen Curry’s MVP Impact

When discussing value there is no question of Curry’s value to the Golden State Warriors. He is the face of the franchise, the head of their most successful era in franchise history, and now their all-time leading scorer and facilitator. On the court the same is true. When Curry has been on the court the Warriors have an offensive rating of 113.98, which would rank 12th in the league. However, when he is off the court the Warriors have an offensive rating of 102.94, over a full point lower than last place Oklahoma City.

In every single game, the Warriors magically go from a mediocre offensive team to one of the worst offenses of all time with a simple substitution. This is why superstars are so valuable, they can completely change the dynamic of the team.

People will ask, how can Chef Curry be having MVP level impact if the Warriors cannot even win half their games? Well, actually the Warriors are 26-21 with number 30 in the lineup. In eight games without him this year, Golden State managed to rack up just one singular win. We just saw last season how bad this team is without him, let’s not question his impact again.

Stephen Curry’s Historic Statlines

In NBA history only two times has a player ever averaged 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists while making at least 40 percent of his threes. Both of those instances are Stephen Curry. The first one was in his unanimous MVP season in 2016 and this season is the second. Curry makes the impossible look easy. He has scored 32 or more points in eight consecutive games. During this stretch, Curry is averaging 38.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists on 62-48-90 shooting splits. That is preposterous.

The Flaw in Curry’s MVP Campaign

More of a flaw in the system rather than in Curry’s season, but the team record is highly emphasized. In a season that doesn’t feel like it really has an MVP, Curry feels like the right choice. He has been the best player this season but the Warriors have let him down. Like it or not, Curry is playing like an MVP. Team record will prevent him from getting virtually any consideration but this is yet another historic season in the midst of a Hall-of-Fame career.

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