Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry walked off the court at the Oracle Arena on Thursday night after putting up 45 points and 10 assists to seal the MVP award.
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While it may not be official yet, it is surely just a matter of time before the Warriors point guard is crowned as the best of the class of 2014/15 as despite the best efforts of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, Curry has been the stand-out player this season.
On an individual basis, the 27-year-old is averaging 23.9 points, 7.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game, all up on his career numbers as he continues to develop his game and improve.
Collectively, the Warriors are sitting atop the insanely competitive Western Conference with a 10-and-a-half game cushion over their nearest rivals after going 64-15 to have the best record in the league.
They will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and have created history both within the franchise and in the NBA with Steve Kerr winning more games than any other rookie coach before him.
In addition, Curry broke his own record for 3-pointers made in a season on Thursday night as he continued to showcase why he is regarded as one of the best, if not the best shooter that the game has ever seen.
As a result, it all totals up to one conclusion and that is Curry deserves to be named the MVP more than any other player in the league as he has impressed as an individual and it has had a significant influence on the team as a whole.
Admittedly, Harden has had a sensational year and has dragged the Houston Rockets through the campaign without Dwight Howard to help him, while Westbrook has been on a triple-double tear over the last two months with Kevin Durant also sidelined by injury.
However, they haven’t enjoyed the same team success and when you look at what Curry does to not only shine in his own right, but also in making those around him better, he should be crowned the MVP and his performance against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night should have sealed the deal.
The Warriors point guard has previously stated that one of his ambitions is to become the new face of the NBA, and he has certainly backed up his talk with action on the court and may well be on the verge of fulfilling that dream.