Guard – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Curry is my choice for NBA MVP, and thus, he is an obvious pick in this space.
The 27-year-old guard has produced the best season of his career in line with Golden State’s ascent as the best team in the NBA, and the numbers bear that out in a significant. Curry finished the season as the top player in the NBA in both win shares per 48 minutes (.288) and VORP (7.9), and his 28.0 PER represents easily a career-best figure.
In continuing with this trend, Stephen Curry’s “raw” numbers were equally ridiculous, with 23.8 points, 7.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in only 32.7 minutes. One of the biggest knocks on Curry was that his traditional boxscore numbers weren’t quite in line with the likes of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but he was so effective when on the floor (the Warriors were +16.5 points per 100 possessions) that Steve Kerr was able to keep his playing time to a minimum.
Lastly, Curry is the best shooter on planet Earth. He didn’t quite crack the 50/40/90 plateau, but with 48.7% from the floor, 44.3% from three-point range (on 8.9 attempts per game) and 91.4% from the line, no one is complaining about a lack of efficiency. There is an argument to be made that we have never seen a player shoot at this rate with this frequency, and Curry’s performance stands on its own.
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