Blazers’ Damian Lillard Explains Why He Thinks Steph Curry Won’t Win the MVP Trophy This Season

Published 05/21/2021, 11:43 AM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles after shooting a basket over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors might not be a star-studded team anymore, but are still one of the most feared teams in the league. One of the prime reasons for it is Steph Curry. The 33-year-old has been one of the best players in the league this season.

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Coming off of a season where he had a scary wrist injury, Curry had to perform at his level best for the Dubs this season if they wanted to make a post season run. The 2-time MVP stepped up to the plate as he has taken control of the offensive end.

Apr 21, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reaches for a loose ball in front of Washington Wizards center Daniel Gafford (21) in the first quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

In the 63 regular seasons he played, Curry averaged a career high 32.0 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game and subsequently won his second scoring title. Given the incredible season he has had, the ‘Baby Faced Assassin‘ has become one of the favorites to win the MVP trophy this season.

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Damian Lillard explains why Steph Curry won’t win the MVP trophy

While Curry might have monstrous numbers this season, one of the biggest obstacles for Steph’s MVP candidature is his team’s regular season record. But he is still not the favorite in the ongoing MVP race.

Damian Lillard spoke about the same. In an interview with the Athletic, the Blazers’ superstar explained why he thinks Curry won’t win the MVP trophy. “I think Steph has had a great season.

Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) as he shoots in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously, there has to be a conversation about him being in the conversation. But I don’t think he wins it. At the eight seed, I just don’t see how that works.” Lillard also compared his previous season to that of Curry. But last year, they’re like, ‘Man, we can’t consider him an MVP because they’re the eighth seed.’

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And now it’s like it’s ok. For me, that’s the way that I’m looking at it. (Curry) is definitely in the conversation. There’s no way that you don’t have him in the conversation.”

Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) brings the ball down the court against the San Antonio Spurs during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Curry has certainly been one of the standout players in the league this season. Given what he has done with a rather sub par supporting cast, the 33-year-old is understandably one of the favorites for the MVP trophy.

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But Nikola Jokic just might topple him in the same. He has been an all-round beast for the Nuggets having and has led them to a top three seed in the competitive Western Conference. Who will win the MVP trophy this season? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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