By Dontay Fibleuil Sports Writer
Stephen Curry is on track for being crowned MVP for the third time in his career this season. He leads the league in points per game at 29.5 while also averaging 6 assists and 5.4 rebounds. Curry has had already a few MVP-esque performances this season. First he had 51 points against the Wizards then he dropped 37 against the great Pelicans defense, and 35 against the hometown Brooklyn Nets. As everyone knows, Curry is one of the best shooters of all time and he has already hit 57 three pointers in 10 games. He is shooting 53% from the field and 50% from three.
Although Curry has been out injured since November 8th with a groin strain, his case for MVP has actually gotten stronger. The Warriors have gone 2-4 in his absence, but the larger concern is the Warriors’ team chemistry. Superstars Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have been involved in multiple on court arguments culminating in Green’s suspension against the Atlanta Hawks. Curry’s absence was especially felt against reigning NBA MVP James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Green shot 0-3 with 5 turnovers while Durant shot 6-15 from the field and finished a dismal -11 while the Warriors lost 107-86. It is clear that without Curry the Warriors are beatable.
Second in the MVP race, according to yours truly, is Joel Embiid. He averages 27.6 points and is a CENTER. Not many centers in NBA history can score like he does. Embiid can beat you in the post, has a sweet stroke from three point land, and he is already a key defender in the paint averaging 2.2 blocks and 12.9 boards per game. He is leading the 76ers in scoring and is really carrying his team to an 11-7 record. Jimmy Butler has joined forces with Embiid, Simmons and co. with the goal of improving a stagnant offense. We heard news that he wanted a trade, but this move caught many people by surprise. The 76ers received Jimmy Butler while the Timberwolves received Robert Covington and Dario Saric. Now the 76ers really have a chance to make the finals.
Rounding out the MVP candidates is new Los Angeles Laker LeBron James. His adjustment to being on a new team came fast, and he is performing like an MVP. The King averages 28.8 points 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists. Even though the Lakers had a slow start, LeBron has been dominating. On November 18th in his first game back to Miami as a member of the Lakers, LeBron decimated the Heat with 51 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals while becoming only the FIFTH player in league history to score 50-plus points with three different franchises.
Check back each week for an updated ranking. Leave a comment to let me know who I missed!