Golden State Warriors: Is Stephen Curry an MVP candidate?

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 11: Stephen Curry
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 11: Stephen Curry /

J.A. Adande had some strong remarks about the future of Stephen Curry as an MVP candidate in the NBA. Are his remarks correct?

When it comes to conversations about legacies and where a player ranks among the league’s greats, debate is always going to be a must. Stephen Curry is forever going to be a player that has his accolades measured and his greatness debated simply because of what he has been able to accomplish. That will go for all of the Golden State Warriors’ superstars when it’s all said and done.

However, there have been strong remarks made about Curry in the past that can often be a tad bit interesting. That isn’t to say those remarks and opinions are incorrect, as that what creates for debates. That also doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be acknowledged and tested.

With two MVP’s to his name thus far in his career and two NBA championships, Curry is already one of the greats. Still, he is prone to a very fair share of scrutiny from media members around the league. J.A. Adande wrote a piece for ESPN on the future of Curry’s MVP chances and the veteran sportswriter had some strong statements.

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Adande went as far as to reference Curry’s sixth-place finish in the MVP voting this past season and suggested he isn’t seen as one of the best players in the league. “When you factor in Curry’s sixth-place finish in the 2016-17 MVP results, it’s becoming clear that he’s no longer considered one of the very best players in the league.” Adande wrote. To his credit, he did give Curry props for his strong NBA Finals performance. “Keep in mind he’s coming off an NBA Finals in which he averaged 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds per game.”

The first thing that many are going to do when reading his comments is jump off the deep end. It’s certainly understandable, but he’s not necessarily saying that’s what the case is. He’s strong suggesting what he sees going on.

When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors, it basically made it more difficult for the two top superstars to put themselves in the MVP conversation. When a team wins as much as Golden State does and with the talent they have, they almost have to go to an extra level to get the MVP award.

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It’s easier for a player to take a less talented team to win it because reduced expectations that are surpassed turn heads a lot quicker than a team that does what it is supposed to do. So, Curry’s chances at an MVP might be tougher. However, he’s still one of the best in the league and what he does the rest of the way will ultimately define him.