Stephen Curry Set to Win 2014-15 NBA MVP
The NBA has a new Most Valuable Player. Per reports, Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry is set to win the award after a sensational 2014-15 season.
Curry played a huge hand in lifting his Warriors from a mere playoff contender to the NBA’s best record this season. The rise included 67 wins and a remarkable 39-2 home record at the Oracle Arena.
A strong argument could have been made for star players other than Curry, with his toughest competition being the likes of LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and Chris Paul.
Each player had a legit argument, but most also had a glaring hole in their bid for the MVP. Westbrook and James both missed time with injury, but James returned to his beloved Cleveland Cavaliers and locked down the East’s #2 seed and a return to the playoffs. James and the Cavs did receive help from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, however, and still finished second in their conference. Westbrook put the Oklahoma City Thunder on his back for stretches, but slowed down over the final two weeks and OKC narrowly missed the playoffs.
Davis and Paul also deserved consideration, as Davis helped the New Orleans Pelicans make the playoffs in just his second season. He also was in and out of the lineup with injuries, though, and his Pellies were swept right away in round one. Paul may have had a bigger argument had the voting included his team’s impressive seven-game first round triumph over the defending champion Spurs, while his ability to lead the Clippers to 56 wins and the West’s #3 seed alone was quite a feat.
MVP to NBA Finals?
This year’s MVP award ultimately was coming down to Curry and Harden, though. Harden was arguably more impressive than Paul or Westbrook in regards to carrying his team, as he got the Rockets the #2 seed and a Southwest division title despite playing a large portion of the year without center Dwight Howard.
Curry’s team was better in the end, and as the West’s #1 seed, could have his Warriors on their way to a NBA Finals appearance. Curry being named the league’s MVP doesn’t guarantee Golden State a title or even that they get there, but it should be yet another sign that the Warriors have had a truly fantastic season. Whether or not the Warriors can march on to a title from here, of course, is anyone’s guess.
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