Usually at this point in the NBA season, discussions of who will receive the league Most Valuable Player award are nothing more than a talking point taken very lightly. It is simply just a way to highlight a few of the players who are performing exceptionally well across the NBA.
However, there is not usually a player averaging nearly 33 points per game on an undefeated team in most seasons, either.
Even though there is roughly three-fourths of the 2015-16 season left to play, there is no denying, in my opinion, that Stephen Curry is the clear-cut MVP already.
First off, as I already stated, Curry is averaging 32.5 points per game thus far. That’s more than three points better than the second-leading scorer, James Harden, who is averaging 29.0. Curry is doing this while playing nearly five less minutes per game on average than Harden as well.
The man is a human highlight film (sorry Dominique Wilkins), and whether Curry is dribbling his way through a defense, delivering a behind-the-back assist or draining three-ball after three-ball, he leaves me in awe whenever I watch him.
His play is not just fun to watch though; it’s also efficient. Curry is shooting 51.8 percent from the field, and a ridiculous 46.5 percent from behind the arc.
Curry’s individual efforts are incredible, but the most incredible thing is what this Golden State team is currently doing. The Warriors started 24-0, something that no team has ever done, before losing to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Their 28-game win streak that extended back to last season was third-best in NBA history.
This team is debunking the myth of a championship hangover, and Curry is showing everyone that he did in fact deserve the MVP last season. Oh, and they don’t even have their head coach on the sideline right now; Steve Kerr is on a leave of absence while recovering from back surgeries. Despite this, the Warriors have not skipped a beat, and Curry’s stock continues to rise.
As a LeBron James fan, there is nothing I want more than to tell you he will be this year’s MVP, and the Cleveland Cavaliers will defeat the Warriors in an epic NBA Finals rematch. However, that is just not the case.
Curry is automatic. Curry will win repeat MVP, and the Warriors look like they do not plan on losing until April.
Watch your back MJ and the 1995-96 Bulls: because if Curry has anything to say about it, that 72-10 regular-season record is hanging in the balance, too.
Disclaimer: The opinions of this author do not reflect those of The Whit.