Stephen Curry, a two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion, is coming off a summer where he visited Asia, welcomed a new baby boy, Canon, and trained harder than he has had in the past. He wants to send a message, a reminder to the rest of the league how great he is. Winning the 2018-2019 regular season MVP would not be a bad place to start.
On Monday, the Golden State Warriors held Media Day, and Curry, who was the last player to speak to the assembled media, discussed his summer in Asia, family, integrating new Warrior, DeMarcus Cousins, and how he trained and worked harder this summer than any other since he has been in the league.
“In terms of conditioning and strength work and all that kind of stuff, as you get older, in order to maintain, you can’t really take that much time off,” he said. “That’s been my experience,” Curry said at Media Day on Monday.
“I had a lot of consistent work, which had me feeling really good physically and mentally coming into the season.”
Here is his full press conference at Warriors Media Day.
This is just what the rest of the league wants to hear.
A healthy two-time MVP looking for ways to improve his game and help engineer another championship run.
Here is why Stephen Curry is “feeling really good physically” for this upcoming season, via @warriorstalk, @bryantabarr and @coachbrandonpayne.
Last season, Curry averaged 26.4 ppg, 6.1 apg and 5.1 rpg on 49.5 percent shooting from the field, including 42.3 percent from beyond the arc in only 51 games. In the 41 wins Curry was a part of, he averaged 27.6 ppg, 6.2 apg and 5.2 rpg on 51.1 percent shooting from the field, including 44.3 percent from three. Compare those numbers to the 10 losses he was a part of, Curry averaged 21.4 ppg, 5.4 apg and 4.6 rpg on 42.7 percent from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc.
But perhaps nothing beats the season Curry had in 2015-2016.
He averaged 30.1 ppg, 6.7 apg, and 5.4 rpg on 50.4 percent shooting from the field, including 45.4 percent from beyond the arc and 90.8 percent from the free throw line. Curry also averaged 5.1 three-point makes per game, en route to a regular season record of 402 threes made.
This was before Kevin Durant electrified the basketball world by joining Curry on the Golden State Warriors.
With Durant in the picture alongside Curry, there has been the notion that both of their star power cancels each other out, making it virtually impossible for either to collect an MVP award.
Curry should receive more consideration for the MVP award this season. He is coming off back-to-back championships, after an injury-plagued season with something to prove to all of his detractors and naysayers. Curry is still in his prime with more to prove and improve.
Curry will have stiff competition for the MVP award, including Durant, Westbrook, Harden, new Laker, LeBron James, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George, Westbrook’s teammate in Oklahoma City. A new 2018-2019 NBA MVP odds list was made by Bovada, and Curry’s odds were 15/1, good for eighth on the list, with James at the top of the list with 10/3 odds.
Despite the odds stacked against him like it has been throughout his whole NBA career, a rejuvenated and healthy Curry should give himself all of the motivation needed to win a third MVP. But he has to have a season like in 2015-2016 to win the MVP.
Forget about pestering him with Finals MVP chatter, Stephen Curry is ready to remind the world that he is one of the best players in the game by winning a third MVP, while orchestrating the Golden State Warriors’ symphony to a third consecutive NBA title.