MVP Race: James Harden's shooting struggles create opening for others

MVP Race: James Harden's shooting struggles create opening for others

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MVP Race: James Harden's shooting struggles create opening for others

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6. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

STATS: 28.3 ppg, 5.3 apg, 5.2 rpg, 5.2 3PTs, 44.2 3P%

At this point, Stephen Curry is more focused on his ring collection than his Most Valuable Player collection. In a recent interview with Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, he talked about how challenging it is to repeat as NBA champs year after year.

“[I didn’t know] how hard this is,” Curry said. “We always talk about how hard it is to win games [and win] championships. Everybody thinks that’s just putting the ball in the basket. Many a team, many a championship run, has been derailed by egos and mismatched personalities and drama that never got solved. It’s unfortunate, but we’re not gonna be that situation.”

Earlier this season, Curry played a huge role in deescalating the drama between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green – essentially serving as a mediator. When you factor in Curry’s impact on and off the court, a strong case can be made that he does more for his team than any other NBA star. However, everyone’s definition of “Most Valuable Player” is different and, knowing how the voters think, Curry is a long shot to actually win the award as long as he’s playing with a fellow MVP candidate in Durant.

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