Musings: LeBron James deserved NBA’s MVP, not Stephen Curry

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There’s no doubting the superstar status held by both LeBron James and Stephen Curry. However, it can be argued that Stephen Curry didn’t deserve to win back-to-back MVP awards. The NBA guard has been a revelation for the Golden State Warriors, and in the 2014-15 season, yes he was the MVP. In 2015-16, he has been the ‘best player’, but not the ‘most valuable player’. That might be a concept many find a struggle to take. He’s a talented player, and perhaps better than James [albeit James is a veteran, and Curry is in his prime], However, this latest award has sparked controversy, and it’s easy to see why. James was the MVP for the Cleveland Cavaliers, whereas Curry is clearly the best player.

The MVP award was created as a reward for a man that single-handedly changes his team. Enter LeBron. He left the Cavaliers as a winning team, and made the Miami Heat winners. He came back, the Heat struggled, and the Cavs instantly went to the NBA Finals. They seem adamant on making it again this season, and James offers them that platform.

Although Curry offers the Warriors the best chance of success, they’re still a dynamic team without him, as proven during the 2016 NBA Playoffs. With Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors are still a match for any team. Without James, the Cavaliers have been a losing team, winning only a quarter of their games without the MVP candidate in the last two years.

The Warriors perform better with Curry, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with without Curry. Either way they’d be a top contender to win the NBA championship with the likes of Betway, whereas the Cavs, without James, would be ruled out completely.

James, however, recently didn’t want to discuss comparisons between the two, or previous legends, saying, “I just want to be able to leave a mark personally, and be able to leave this game, this beautiful game, when I’m done with it for the next group of guys. I’m never one to talk down on a group of guys. If they can play, they can play.”

Curry, though, proved his worth as the best player in his recent return, in which the Warriors won 132-125 in overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers.

He returned from injury, and put on a 40-point, nine-rebound, eight-assist super-show. It was amazing, a performance from the BEST player. However, was he the most valuable to any team?

It’s a good way to think, in all fairness, the Warriors still dismantled the Houston Rockets, and looked likely to dispose of the Trail Blazers without Curry. The Cavs, however, would’ve struggled to beat the Detroit Pistons or Atlanta Hawks without James.

In fact, it’s clear-cut. The Warriors, without Curry, are a match for the Cavs. The Cavs without James, have little-to-no chance of beating the Warriors. That should be enough evidence right there. The Warriors have a solid team, with the best player, whilst the Cavs have a solid team, with the MVP, and the many they depend upon to have a chance of success.

Curry attempted to explain the way he plays, saying, “It’s about creating space on the floor, it’s about being tighter with my handle, more explosive with every move that I make and having an IQ and the confidence, obviously, that no matter what shot I take – whether it’s a three-dribble combo move, step-back or whatever, some shot that most people probably wouldn’t take that I have confidence in – I’m going to take it, and I feel like it’s going to go in. The stuff that I do in the summers and workouts, and the things that I do mentally to prepare for games is all about executing that out on the floor.”

However, it’s clear his great teammates make that a reality. James, on the other hand, has gone it alone, as proven in the Finals defeat to Curry’s Warriors in 2015.

At a time when they are celebrating Curry’s greatness, one should wonder, is he really the MVP? The best player, yes, the most valuable? Not a chance. That’s a right reserved for King James.

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