NBA MVP Ladder 2.0: Is the award Joel Embiid’s to lose in the second half of the season?

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NBA MVP Ladder, No. 5: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

If Stephen Curry wins the MVP award, it will be the 3rd time as he has single-handedly improved the Golden State Warriors from the worst team in the NBA to competing for a playoff spot. Without Curry on the floor, the Warriors would be struggling once again as he has been a crucial part of their success.

Curry has put this Warriors team squarely on his shoulders and has carried them on a nightly basis. His stats are out of this world and is the second-leading scorer in the league averaging 29.7 points per contest. Curry also leads the NBA in 3-point field goals made connecting on 169 total for the season and 4.8 per game while shooing a ridiculous 41 percent from behind the arc.

Curry is the sole reason the Warriors are in playoff contention as he is putting up similar numbers to his unanimous MVP season back in 2015-16. It’s safe to assume that if Klay Thompson was healthy, that Curry would be higher on this list because he wouldn’t have to face so many double teams and the Warriors record would be much better. Curry recently posted a new career-high scoring 62 points in a victory against the Blazers reminding everybody that he is still dominant even with limited spacing and constant double teams.

Expect Chef Curry to continue to cook in the second half of the season.