This 2020-21 NBA season already has a handful of superstars all seemingly in the running for the Most Valuable Player Award, such as LeBron James, Joel Embiid, and Nikola Jokic. However, one particular player has been pretty much overlooked this season as well, and that’s none other than Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.
Stephen Curry, who currently stands at +1715 in the NBA MVP odds, is playing some of his best basketball to date, especially considering the circumstances that the league and the Warriors organization are in. Read on as we make three compelling cases of Steph Curry’s odds to win the 2021 MVP award. Be sure to check out the latest 2021 NBA MVP odds at our online BTC sportsbook.
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1. Past Glories in Golden State
Simply put: where would the Golden State Warriors be if they hadn’t drafted Stephen Curry with the seventh-overall pick at the 2009 NBA Draft? After a rather slow start to his professional basketball career, Curry has since won three NBA titles, won the season MVP twice, and was an All-NBA Team selection for five seasons. Not to mention the myriad of individual scoring and three-point shooting records he broke along the way.
While previous accomplishments aren’t factors taken into consideration when evaluating a player’s body of work in a given season, it certainly also doesn’t hurt that Curry is still seen as an elite player in most pundits’ eyes. His case is made much stronger as we take a closer look at what exactly the 32-year-old phenom is actually doing this 2020-21 NBA season.
2. Eye-Popping Numbers
Curry’s no stranger putting up mesmerizing stats, as he’s broken several NBA records already during the peak of his career during the mid-to-late 2010s. This season, Steph’s numbers are eerily similar to either one of his MVP-winning campaigns.
In 29 games played thus far, Curry is averaging exactly 30 points per game, which is the second-highest in the league to date only behind Bradley Beal (32.8 PPG). He has also attempted and made more three-pointers than any player this season, draining 145 shots from beyond the arc whilst averaging 43.4-percent shooting from that range along with a cool 49.2 percent field-goal percentage in general.
There was also a point during the season wherein he made at least four three-pointers in 10-straight games whilst shooting over 50 percent from deep during that span. If that doesn’t scream of Stephen Curry deserving MVP votes this early, we don’t know what does.
3. Doing More with Less
What makes this season all the more unique for Stephen Curry and his MVP-worthy campaign is how much he’s had to do on his own as opposed to previous seasons wherein he had plenty of help.
The Warriors opened as +700 favorites to win the 2020-21 NBA title early in the offseason, but have seen their odds shift in the other direction once Klay Thompson was reported to miss the entire season due to yet another serious injury. In turn, Curry is currently carrying Golden State on his back virtually by himself. The next best player on the team is arguably Draymond Green, who’s known more as a defensive specialist and not a dependable scoring option.
That being said, Stephen Curry’s made lemonade with the Warriors’ lemons of relatively unproven talent in the starting roster outside of Green, Surprisingly, that lemonade is actually thirst-quenching for Dubs fans and NBA experts alike, as Steph appears more than deserving to win the MVP, despite his team’s lackluster record and given the hand that he was dealt this season.
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