The Internet always is correct. OK, that’s completely untrue, but it might have gotten it right this time.
According to a map created by SportsInsider about who fans across the U.S. believe should earn 2021 NBA MVP honors, most of America believes it should be Warriors star Steph Curry.
And who are we to argue?
The map is based on geotagged Twitter data from the past month, which measured 300,000 tweets. Steph dominated with 31 states saying he deserved the top honor. Right behind him was Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokić, who has 14 states vying for him.
Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard also all received some votes.
But on to Steph’s numbers.
He’s averaging an NBA-best 31.1 points per game this season. In addition to that, he's putting up 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game with a .922 free throw percentage and .609 effective field goal percentage. He also tallied 30-plus points in 11 straight games before cooling off Wednesday vs. the Washington Wizards.
You know who else believes he’s deserving of his third NBA MVP? Steph himself.
While Steph said he's "gotta be" the MVP, he conceded “I probably won’t get it,” on an episode of The Rex Chapman Show this week. He did admit he’s trying not to overthink it or “be dramatic,” but is setting the table.
It could ultimately come down to how well the Warriors do as a whole to end their season, and whether they are able to go on a streak to the finish with the No. 6 or No. 7 seed.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens on Friday night, as Steph and Jokic will face one another at Chase Center. And Steph will have home fans behind him for the first time since March of 2020. Ask any athlete around and they’ll tell you about the boost the fans bring to the sport.
This season, Jokic is averaging 26.4 points and 11 rebounds per game.
You know those who have the two in MVP talks will be watching.