Steph Curry for NBA MVP 2021? Warriors Teammate Draymond Green Makes a Case

Published 06/05/2021, 12:12 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


Despite missing out on the playoffs this season, the Golden State Warriors were one of the most entertaining teams in the NBA. One of the primary reasons for the same was the electrifying Steph Curry.

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After missing majority of the 2019-20 season, Curry was set to make his comeback into the league this season. After a rather slow start in the first two games, Steph came out, all guns blazing.

May 16, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

With Klay Thompson missing, the 33-year-old took charge of the Warriors’ offense. Averaging 32.0 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game, Curry led the Warriors to a 38-34 record. Given his performances, the 2-time MVP was a constant in the MVP conversations.

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Draymond Green explains why Warriors’ Steph Curry deserves to be the MVP

While there are no set criteria for the MVP trophy, it is generally given to the best player in the best teams in the league. Despite Steph being a fan favorite, Nikola Jokic is at the pole position to win the trophy.

Teammate Draymond Green certainly disagrees. In a recent appearance at the Big podcast by Shaquille O’Neal, the 1-time Defensive Player of the Year made a case why Curry should be the MVP of the league.

“Well, I love basketball. And if you love basketball, it should have been Steph. Number one. If the season was normal, we would have been in the playoffs as the eighth seed and Russell Westbrook won an MVP as an eighth seed.”

Green added, “If you’re going to say, ‘well that team had the best record’ that doesn’t work. Whereas some years, it may be like, ‘that guy played great, and they had a better record.’ There are just sometimes where there are exceptions to the rule, if that’s even the rule.”

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The 31-year-old also spoke about the immense impact Steph had and why he thinks Curry’s excellent season should be an exception to the traditional criteria. “If Steph Curry’s season was not an exception to that, then how do you ever make an exception. This same team won 15 games last year when Steph Curry was hurt. To me that is value and that is a lot of value.”

Curry certainly balled out this season, winning his second scoring championship. While his impact on the Dubs is unmatched, Jokic certainly can’t be ignored. The Serbian lead his team to a top three seed despite missing his running mate in Jamal Murray. Who do you think will the league MVP?

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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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