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Steph Curry isn't going to win MVP but maybe he should

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By Huey Bergstrom

(SAN FRANCISCO) Steph Curry's month of April has been one of the most incredible performances in NBA history, and while it's definitely enough to put him in the MVP conversation, he's not likely to win it. He knows that, even if he disgarees.

In the month of April, the Warriors superstar has been on a hot streak, averaging 38.7 points on a ridiculous 52.3% from the field and 47.1% from behind the arc. Beyond that, he now has 21 games of 10 made threes pointers made and the next closest player is his teammate Klay Thompson, with just five games. More baffling than that, Curry had four of those 10 threes in a game nights in a seven day stretch this April.

Astoundingly, the man may be getting better in his 30s.

Recently, Curry went on the Rex Chapman show to talk about his season and a possible MVP nod. He acknowledged that while he thinks he should get the MVP, he probably won't.

"I mean, I gotta be," replied Curry when asked if he thinks he's this season's MVP. "I gotta be. I probably won't get it, but whatever."

With a bit of humor, he added, "I like to be dramatic sometimes so I'm just setting the table."

Giving credit where credit is due, Nikola Jokic has had an astounding season. Even with the shortened schedule his given the Nuggets a chance at home-court advantage in the playoffs and has put up big numbers, efficiently.

That last comment is something distinct from Curry's recent flurry. His effeciency is astounding for the volume of shots he puts up. Shooting nearly 50% from three in your twelvth season is a testament to the man's conditioning and work ethic. He's also shooting an absurdly efficient percentage from the floor, all while his team remains around or below .500.

That last part becomes key when talking about MVP voting. In a recent column for The Athletic Zach Harper revealed he is among the media members voting on the league's biggest awards every year.

"It is an honor I take very seriously, as I tried to make sure I selected the players I felt most deserving of the respective awards. With it being public, I also didn’t want to end up getting meme’d to eternity for casting a ridiculous vote," Harper wrote candidly.

In his detailed column he accurately points out that the league's MVPs have historically come from 50-win teams, which, even accounting for the shortened season, the Warriors are not. In fact, over the 11 game heater that Curry has been on, the Dubs are 6-5.

Save for a few instances, the MVP has clasically been about the best player on the best team. Russell Westbrook in 2016-2017 was one counter example, as way Derrick Rose in 2010-2011, but in both instances they had a rather compelling narrative story behind them. Especially Westbrook who averaged a triple-double and practically willed his Thunder team to a six seed in the playoffs. Even that year it was contested as James Harden's Rockets finished a higher seed but the fact that Westbrook had lost his MVP teammate all so loudly to a 73-win Warrior team before the season likely helped secure the award.

However, there are some conditionals to account for. They're far fetched and even maybe outlandish but they must be given due process.

What if the Warriors make it to an eight seed or even, hypothetically (however unlikely), the sixth seed? It is possible. It's incredibly unlikely but it is indeed possible. If they were somehow able to leap frog into the seventh or sixth seed, likely on the back of another astounding Curry flurry, Jokic's MVP award may be in trouble.

As Kevin Garnett loudly yelled after the 2008 NBA Finals, "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE." But, it doesn't seem all that likely. Regardless of probability, it's quite fun to watch a 12-year NBA veteran put up numbers with the new crop of superstars in their prime.

Curry will continue to draw tons of eyes whether he wins the MVP or not.

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