4. Stephen Curry will finish top three in MVP voting (assuming health)
Could Stephen Curry win an MVP in his 15th season and at the age of 36? It’s highly unlikely but shouldn’t be totally ruled out. Like every year over the last decade or more, the Warriors championship credentials hinge on the production of their two-time MVP.
The 35-year-old is coming off a statistical better season than what he had produced the year before, even if that season culminated in his crowning moment as 2022 NBA Finals MVP. Curry averaged 29.4 points per game, the third most of his career, doing so on 42.7% three-point shooting.
Then in the playoffs, with few of his supporting cast stepping up around him, the four-time champion put up a postseason career-high 30.5 points per game. That included a 50-piece in Game 7 of the first-round series against the Sacramento Kings.
Clearly this is a player yet to feel the effects of his advancing age (in professional sports terms). Curry remains somewhere near his prime-level, and history shows that should put him somewhere near the MVP conversation. Of course, the Warriors will be hoping they have more consistent output from his teammates this season, but the reality is always that the franchise will go as far as Curry takes them.
He finished ninth in MVP voting last season having missed 26 games due to injury. If the nine-time All-Star can remain healthy and play around 70 games, there’s no reason he can’t be a top three MVP candidate.