Steph Curry Stats: Where Does the Warriors’ Star Stand in the 2021 NBA MVP Race?

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January 18, 2021 10:18 am

Over the years, Steph Curry has cemented himself as one of the best shooters in the league. After a crushing defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA finals, Curry and the Warriors prepared themselves to endure a tough 2019-20 season.

This was because the Dubs had already failed to re-sign Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson was suffering from a season ending ACL injury. Given the adverse circumstances, Warriors hoped that Curry would be the saviour for them.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter for a career-high 62 point game for Curry at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately for the Dubs, Curry missed the majority of the 2019-20 season with a gruesome wrist injury. This led to the Warriors having the worst record in the NBA last season.

Curry was finally set to make a comeback this season, but multiple critics doubted his ability to perform at the highest level. However, until now, Steph has looked ready to silence his doubters and lead the Dubs’ resurgence.

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The Golden State Warriors have had a mixed start till now. With a .500 record, the Dubs have been overly reliant on Steph for their offensive output. Fortunately for them, the 32-year-old has embraced the challenge so far.

In the 12 games he has played, Curry has averaged 28.4 points, 6.2 assists, 5.6 rebounds and a single steal per game. This includes an explosive 62 point performance against the Blazers. Moreover, his 28.4 points per game is the second highest scoring average in the league so far.

Jan 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a three point basket by forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

His performances have helped the Warriors maintain a decent record and have made him one of the contenders for the MVP title. After finishing 5th in the 2021 NBA MVP rankings till January 8th, Curry has dropped out of the top 10 in the latest rankings.

The possible reason for this decline might be the Warriors losing twice in a row last week. Curry will hope that his new teammates, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins, can step up and help the Warriors keep a winning record.

Historically, the MVP trophy has been handed to the players who are in the top teams. Warriors’ chances look bleak this season, but if Curry can continue this form and lead this young core of players to a playoff spot, he might become one of the front-runners for the MVP this season.

 

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Aditya Mohapatra

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. This die-hard Lakers fan considers LeBron James his idol.

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