The Golden State Warriors are no longer the super team of old and they are not considered to be serious contenders in the NBA Futures odds to win the NBA championship, but in Stephen Curry they have a player on their roster who is certainly at the very top of his game at present.
The 33-year-old Curry is currently averaging 31.2 Points per Game (PPG) for the season (putting him marginally behind of Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards at the top of the standings on 31.4), but Curry has reached another level again in April with an incredible average reaching 38.2 PPG.
He’s on track for the best calendar month of his stellar career, with only James Harden and Kobe Bryant having averaged more points over the course of a single month this century!
On Friday night, the Warriors welcomed back fans to Chase Center for the first time since the pandemic began by beating the Denver Nuggets 118-97. The fans made their thoughts known by chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” for Curry, already a two-time MVP.
He didn’t disappoint his adoring devotees, shooting 11 for 18 with four 3s and also grabbing eight rebounds for 32 points in what was his 12th 30-point performance over the past 13 games and 29th of the season.
Earlier in the month he scored 53 points as the Warriors beat the Nuggets 116-107, which saw him become the all-time points leader for Golden State in passing Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 17,783.
The recent NBA stats speak for themselves, with Curry having scored 631 points over his past 18 games, dating back to March 14.
Latest 2021 NBA MVP Odds via Bovada
- -550 Nikola Jokic
- +400 Joel Embiid
- +1100 Steph Curry
- +2500 Giannis Antetokounmpo
- +3300 Damian Lillard
- +3300 James Harden
- +5500 Luka Doncic
- +12500 Chris Paul
Three’s The Magic Number
The number of points Stephen Curry is hitting from distance is unprecedented.
In his NBA career, he has now had an incredible 21 10+ 3-point games. To put that into context, the only other player in NBA history to even register five such games is Klay Thompson.
To put Curry’s recent achievements into even greater perspective, no fewer than four of his 10-plus triples have come since April 12. That would actually rank him third all-time for an entire career.
In total, Curry has recorded six games with at least 10 3-pointers this season, which is one more than the rest of the NBA combined. No other player in the league’s history comes close to Curry’s ability to score 30-plus points in a game on 3s alone.
Warriors can Battle into Playoffs
At the time of writing, the Warriors are 10th in the Western Conference as they approach the last few critical weeks of the regular NBA season.
On paper, their remaining schedule is less challenging than that of some of their rivals in the Western Conference and with Curry leading the way as the most prolific scorer in the NBA at present and the greatest 3-point shooter of all-time, the Warriors look a good bet to secure their place in the playoffs.