The NBA MVP award has been dominated by LeBron James over the past five seasons. With the exception of his first year in Miami, where he was robbed of the trophy by Derrick Rose, the voting hasn’t even been close. The list of candidates for the award include Kevin Durant, Paul George, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Another player on the list is Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.
Curry led Golden State into the second round of the playoffs last year where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. Curry averaged 23.4 points and 8.1 assists per game during the postseason, and if it weren’t for an injury to David Lee, they may have been able to defeat San Antonio.
This offseason they lost backup point guard Jarrett Jack to free agency, but replaced him with All-Star shooting guard Andre Iguodala. This move was thought to give the Warriors one of the best and deepest teams in the NBA. With solid backups at every position except for the point, they are set to make a run deep into the postseason.
With all the weapons around him, Curry has averaged a career-high 9.2 assists so far this year and has sacrificed his scoring which is down four points from last year. Curry has led the Warriors to a 4-1 start going into Friday nights game against the Spurs.
After suffering an ankle injury, Curry was held out of the game Friday night. What transpired was the Warriors starting the game without a traditional point guard and losing to the Spurs 76-74. The 74 points were 24 less than their lowest score of the season before Friday night.
The Warriors struggled to get set in their offense without Curry in the lineup. The team combined for 16 assists and 19 turnovers. The Warriors leader in assists was center Andrew Bogut with five, which is never a recipe for a win. The only point guard that played was Toney Douglas, who led Golden State in scoring, but had only one assist in 28 minutes. Iguodala did most of the ball handling with the starters and had two assists and six turnovers in 44 minutes.
Everyone in the NBA knows that Curry is one of the best players in the league when he is on the court. What everyone saw Friday is how bad Golden State is when he is not. If the MVP award truly goes to the Most Valuable Player, than this game shows that there may be no more valuable player to his team than Curry.