With only about 20 games remaining in the NBA‘s regular season, the 2015 MVP race is becoming more clear. There seem to be about four worthy candidates, but none stack up to the Golden State Warriors‘ Stephen Curry.
The point guard has been remarkable this year, taking his play to another level and elevating his team at the same time. The Warriors have the best record in the league with a 50-12 mark. They have a 5.5 game lead in the West over the second place Memphis Grizzlies and appear to be in good shape to secure home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Although the Warriors have a great supporting cast with players like Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, it’s clear they wouldn’t be so successful without their leader in Curry.
Curry’s numbers are incredible. He’s averaging 23.6 points, 7.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. More impressive than his actual statistics is his efficiency. Curry leads all point guards in both field goal and three-point percentage. He’s shooting nearly 49 percent from the field and 42 percent from deep.
Along with his unstoppable offensive repertoire, Curry has grown into a very solid defender too. He leads the entire NBA in steals with an average of 2.16 per contest.
The other three MVP candidates have had impressive seasons as well.
Russell Westbrook has had an incredible surge of triple-doubles in his efforts to grab the No. 8 seed for the Oklahoma City Thunder with Kevin Durant still sidelined. James Harden has also elevated his play with teammate Dwight Howard injured. Harden is second in the league in scoring.
The only other player worth mentioning is the great LeBron James. Although it seems like many are leaving The King off their MVP lists, James deserves to be in the conversation. He has to be regarded as the NBA’s best player, but that doesn’t mean he’ll take home the award in 2015.
That honor should go to Curry barring something crazy happening down the stretch of the regular season. He’s been the most impressive player all year and is probably the most fun to watch.
If the Warriors can hold onto their No. 1 spot and finish out the year with more than 60 wins, there isn’t anyone else who deserves to be called the MVP. The Western Conference is incredibly difficult — this year more than ever. Leading the Golden State franchise and his team to the best record in basketball should earn Curry his first MVP award.
Chris Imperiale is an NBA Contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Chris__Imp