Steph Curry has been absolutely unconscious in April. In 12 games, the Warriors star is averaging 38.2 points per game while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 47.0 percent from 3-point range while making 6.5 triples per game.
Curry's latest barrage came Friday night when he poured in 32 points on 11-for-18 shooting in the Warriors' 118-97 win over the Denver Nuggets at Chase Center. Curry has vaulted himself from fringe MVP contender back into the thick of the conversation after vanquishing front-runners Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid this week.
Curry, for his part, has said he's "gotta be" the MVP even when acknowledging he is unlikely to win. If you ask Steve Kerr if his superstar guard is the league's most valuable player, the Warriors' coach has a simple answer.
"Yes," Kerr said after the Warriors' win over the Nuggets.
Traditionally, it has been difficult for players on teams who aren't leading a top-three seed to win the award. Russell Westbrook won the 2016-17 award for an Oklahoma City Thunder team that finished 46-35.
But during a season with games jammed together amid a global pandemic, Curry's heroics absolutely warrant consideration.
Jokic and Embiid have had phenomenal seasons and it's likely one of the star big men will take home the hardware. But every time Curry steps on the court, he dances his way into the record books. If he can get the Warriors to the seven-seed, it's clear he should be the favorite for the award.