Back in the 2015-16 season, when the Warriors’ superstar Stephen Curry won the first unanimous MVP the league has ever seen, it’s impossible to think he could beat it. The Warriors won a record 73 games and Curry chiseled his name into the record books multiple times throughout the season. But, through 10 games this season, he’s matching it.
10 games in 2015-16:
Averaging 33.3 points, 5.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 53/47/93 shooting splits on 20.5 shots per game.
10 games in 2018-19:
Averaging 32.5 points, 6.0 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 54/51/92 shooting splits on 20.6 shots per game.
Adding to this, on wide open 3-pointer shots (when the nearest defender is at least 6 feet away), Curry has made 24 of 39 and is shooting 61.5 percent from that spot. This ranks first in makes, and second in percentage among high-volume shooters. Curry will never keep this up — as history tells us that Curry settles in the high 40s by the end of the year — but it reflects the reality, and expectation, of Steph taking a shot. Meaning, its bound for the bottom of the net.
Steph is on fire right now, but of course, he has to start slowing down at some point. He’s even competing with Kevin Durant, the Warriors other superstar and one of the best scores in the league. No shooting MVP has ever shot 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3, and 90 percent from the free throw line over a full season. But strange things happen, each, and every year in the NBA.
Catch you Thursday.