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Stephen Curry is making a strong case for MVP

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Stephen Curry of the Warriors.

Whether you are a fan of Stephen Curry or not, you can’t deny that he has been having a historic season. While the Golden State Warriors may not be meeting expectations, it’s definitely not because of Curry.
Currently, Steph is averaging 31 points on 57 percent from the field and 43 percent from three. If that isn’t good enough, this season he had two 50-point games and a 62-point game. 
There is a stat that always comes up when you are watching a Warriors game, and it is most games with 10 or more threes. Damian Lillard, James Harden and J.R. Smith are all tied with three games. Klay Thompson has five and Steph has 21, six of which were this season. That is 16 more than Klay, who is in second place. If it wasn’t already clear, Steph is making it obvious that he is the best shooter of all time. 
He broke the Warriors’ scoring record which was previously held by Wilt Chamberlain. To put that into perspective, Wilt’s nickname was “The Record Book” because of all the records he broke, including most points in a single game (100). Steph also made 85 three-pointers in the month of April and he still has a game to go before the month is over.
Before this season started, most people thought the Golden State Warriors would be a playoff team now that both Steph and Klay are healthy. Not only that, but they also drafted James Wiseman and made trades for Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre. However, this season did not go as planned. Most notably, Klay Thompson tore his Achilles which broke the hearts of many NBA fans because he was just coming off of his ACL injury. Wiseman, who was proving to be a valuable addition to the team, also went out with a meniscus injury. Even Steph has been playing through a tailbone injury that forces him to wear padding on his butt.
Sadly, no matter how good he plays, Stephen Curry most likely will not be the MVP this season because of his team’s record. Last week I wrote about the top three MVP candidates, and as much I wanted to put him as number one, his team is not even in the playoffs this season so I couldn’t. Right now they are the 10th seed which just barely qualifies them to make the play in a game. If they do make the play in a tournament, I am confident that Curry can single handedly get them into the playoffs. But even if they don’t, we cannot take what Steph is doing now for granted. You can tell by his body language that he wants to win so badly. When the team is losing in close games, you can see him with a towel over his head and his head down. It is sad, in a way, because Steph is doing everything he can to win but it is not working—just like when he scored 57 points and they lost.
If there is one thing I want you to take away from this article, it is that you should be watching Steph Curry as he writes history. Steph is 33, so even though he does not rely much on his athleticism, he is still not going to be in the league for much longer.

About the Contributor
Josemanuel Cruz, Sports Writer