Steph Curry only played five contests without Klay Thompson last season before suffering his season-ending hand injury, so we didn’t get to see how good he could be without his Splash Brother.
25 games into the 2020-21 campaign, it’s clear that No. 30 is just fine. Dub Nation obviously thinks he is worthy of a third NBA MVP award after watching his wizardry so far this season, but does Steve Kerr spend much time thinking about Curry’s case for the league’s top player?
“Not really,” Kerr told "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. “I don’t think much about all that individual stuff. I will eventually, I mean, obviously I want any of our players to be rewarded for their efforts. When I do think about it, I think, ‘How could he not be included in the conversation with the way he’s playing.’ ”
Curry is averaging 29.6 points, which ranks second in the NBA, while shooting 48.7 percent overall and 42.9 percent from 3-point range with 5.9 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. His scoring clip has bumped up to 37.4 points per game in February and included some MJ-esque plays.
And a launch or two from the logo.
Kerr recently said that Curry has "never played better," but there are plenty of other NBA superstars on teams with better records. As NBC Sports Bay Area’s Drew Shiller noted, Curry finished seventh among MVP candidates in a recent media straw poll by ESPN.
It’s the second week of February, so there’s plenty of ball to be played. But if Curry keeps putting up 30 points a night and making seemingly impossible shots every time he takes the floor, the nationwide MVP attention should follow.
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Perhaps Curry has been hampered by Golden State’s up-and-down season in which they have hovered around the .500 mark all year. Take Saturday, for example, when Curry dropped 57 points against the Mavericks but the Warriors still lost a heartbreaker.
In the end, this is all fodder for fans and the media, but no one wants to try and guard Curry right now.