The stage is set for Stephen Curry to lift the Golden State Warriors up from the ashes and make a run for his third career MVP award.
Each year, the MVP award is handed out. But, it doesn’t always go to the ‘best’ player in the league. More often than not, it is the story or narrative behind the winners season that earns him the award. For the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry’s upcoming revenge tour is the perfect story for him to capture his third MVP.
Curry appeared in only five games this year. As a result, the two-time MVP will be absent from an All-NBA team for the first time since 2014. While Curry recovered from his fractured hand, the Warriors dynasty collapsed.
No team in the league won fewer games than the Dubs this season. While the franchise is poised for a more successful season with the return of Curry and Klay Thompson, plenty of skeptics have their doubts about their title hopes. At best, the Warriors have been seen as a dark horse candidate to win the championship.
This is setting Curry up for a massive redemption story. Carrying the Warriors to the top of the Western Conference could solidify his third MVP award. However, it won’t be as easy as in previous years.
Curry is playing with the weakest supporting cast he has had in years. With Kevin Durant gone, Curry stands alone as the best offensive force on the roster. This will apply maximum pressure to Steph, but could also grant him the freedom he needs to post incredible numbers once again.
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The last time Curry played as the clear number one option, he broke multiple NBA records and became the first-ever unanimous MVP. While we don’t expect him to explode in the same fashion, we shouldn’t doubt whatever Curry is preparing to deliver next season.