It only took one number for us to know who Warriors big man Eric Paschall believes should be the 2021 NBA MVP:
Paschall tweeted Steph Curry’s No. 30, and it was in response to an MVP question with the selections of Joel Embid, LeBron James and Nikola Jokic.
Power move if you ask me.
Steph’s 29.7 points per game obviously should place him in the conversation for a third NBA MVP Award. But Paschall’s right, you don’t need to say much else.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr recently said Curry has “never played better.”
“We’re talking about a two-time MVP, three-time champion. I’ve never seen him like this," Kerr said in February. "He just looks so strong to me. He’s obviously always been an incredible shooter, but he looks stronger to me just getting by people, fending them off on drives to the rim, finish, and of course the shot-making. It’s almost unfathomable what he’s doing out there.”
Steph’s 5.5 rebounds per game might not be in the same realm as those mentioned in the tweet, but his defense has been strong and is often overlooked because of all the shooting and scoring capabilities, Kerr said.
Curry also had that insane career-high 62-point game against the Portland Trail Blazers in January, which absolutely shut up his critics who questioned whether he could carry a team without a co-star.
Paschall knows how valuable Steph is to the Warriors, but no matter how well Curry plays, the Warriors need to improve upon their 19-18 record in order for No. 30 to take home the award.
But regardless, the star power Steph possesses stretches beyond anything you find on Basketball-Reference.