Stephen Curry has the gusto to be MVP again


He has been credited as being one of the players who have revolutionized the game of basketball in recent years, has won three championships with the Golden State Warriors and is the only player in the league’s history to be unanimously voted as the Most Valuable Player.

Stephen Curry came into the NBA with the seventh-overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2009 Draft, and has gradually grown into a prolific shooter as well as one of the league’s superstars and faces.

In his rookie year, he averaged 17.5 points, 5.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per game and was runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting won by Tyreke Evans, then with the Sacramento Kings.

Fast forward five years to the 2014-15 season and Curry won his first NBA Championship and in the same season got his first MVP nod. This was thanks to the Warriors acquiring the services of Steve Kerr as head coach. Kerr brought a new style of play to the franchise—faster paced to give Curry more shooting freedom which helped make his team a force not only in the West, but the league as a whole.

The following season, he set a league record by being the first player in NBA history to be unanimously voted MVP. That season, Curry started his road to the Finals with a 40-point game, which included a career-high 24 points in the first quarter, in the Warriors’ win over the New Orleans Pelicans. This was the most points scored by a reigning MVP in an opening game since 1972 when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 41 for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The same season, Curry became the first player since Michael Jordan (1989-90) to score 118 points in the first three games of a season. In November 2015, he scored 24 points in his team’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers, as the Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16-0. They would later improve to 24-0.

To end that season, in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies, he achieved another milestone by becoming the first player to make 400 3-pointers in a season. He sank 10 from range on his way to 46 points and 402 total 3-pointers.

Although the Warriors would eventually lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, their victory over the Grizzlies helped them win 73 games that season and surpass a record set by the Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 season.

The 2016-17 season belonged to Russell Westbrook, who, with an explosive performance all season long, averaged a triple-double and shattered Oscar Robertson’s 55-year-old record by notching 42 triple-doubles in a season.

Last season the MVP accolade went to Houston Rockets guard James Harden, who was the runner-up the season before.

Even though he was joint 10th in voting with Jimmy Butler last season and sixth the season before, Curry remains a contender for the accolade, especially if he remains healthy and maintains his level of play.

The 6-foot-3 guard currently maintains a career average of 23.1 points, 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game, and has been selected to four All-NBA teams.

Curry is also regarded as one of the important leaders within the Warriors organisation, which goes well with his humility and commendable work ethic.

He is an elite shooter, considered by many to be the greatest in NBA, and in this coming season he could fill up the stat sheet from either underneath the rim or somewhere near halfcourt.

Should the Warriors take another championship he will definitely play a big role in that achievement, which could bring another MVP trophy within his reach.

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