Glad to See Curry Named MVP

Golden St. Warrior point guard Stephen Curry officially was named league MVP yesterday. While some expected it, others believed James Harden of the Houston Rockets deserved the award because he did not have as much support as Curry did.steph curry mark j terrill ap 041313

There is no doubt Harden had a stellar season for the Rockets who played 38 games without star center Dwight Howard, lost point guard Patrick Beverley in late March for the remainder of the season, and dealt with a season ending back injury to starting power forward Donatas Motiejunas.

Harden averaged 27.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.9 steals in 36.8 minutes per game during the regular season. Curry, meanwhile, averaged 23.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes.

Stats alone can’t measure an MVP. He led his team to 11 more regular season wins than the second overall best record in the western conference which was that of Harden’s Rockets. Curry led the league in plus minus and posted a higher player efficiency rating, higher offensive rating and a higher defensive rating than Harden. Curry’s on court net rating of 17.0 is much more than Harden’s 5.8. If you look at the difference each player made while on the court, Curry’s +16.9 is double Harden’s +8.4.

Curry also became a better defensive player this year by leading the league in steals and also broke his own record of three pointers made in a season. At 6’3″ tall and only 190 pounds, he is often viewed as just a shooter. Curry is one of the best shooters in NBA history whether he is open or has a defender in his face. Some of the shots he makes are simply unbelievable and have kids all around the world attempting to imitate Curry as they play. Curry’s ball handling is much improved and he can often make defenders look silly like when he “broke the ankles” of LA Clippers’ point guard and strong defensive player Chris Paul in a regular season game towards the end of the year.

It’s time to embrace Curry as more than a shooter. He is more than worthy of winning this year’s NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

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