Is 2021-22 the best version of Stephen Curry? Compare stats and 3-point record with MVP of the year
Stephen Curry, already considered by many to be the greatest hitman in NBA history, no longer marvels night after night on the NBA floor.
An explosive start to the season, individually and as a team, Curry’s legacy continues to grow. Without Kevin Durant, no one would doubt Curry would be the MVP but even in terms of KD, the Warriors superstar seems to have a clear advantage.
Given his level of play, the question makes sense: Are we seeing the best version of Stephen Curry?
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The fact that the discussion could even be brought up is a testament to the greatness we’ve seen from Curry so far this season. And while it will be difficult to answer that question after only a quarter of the season, it is possible to compare his stats.
How does this Stephen Curry compare to the one in his unanimous MVP season or his first MVP season? Let’s take a look.
Stephen Curry stats and MVP comparison
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From the numbers above, a few things are clear about the current version:
- It far exceeds the number of the first year MVP 2014-15.
- The head-to-head record against MVP is consistent in the 2015-16 season.
In the 2015-16 season, his score was 640 (versus 556) with a performance of 52.4% (vs 45.1%). In the current season, although he has scored fewer goals with a lower performance than in 2015-16, he has taken out more players by 3-pointers and won more rebounds.
He recently broke his own record for the least number of matches to hit 100 pointers.
Fastest player ever to reach a third 100 in a season:
1. Stephen Curry – 2021-22 (19 games)
2. Stephen Curry – 2015-16 (20 games)
3. Stephen Curry – 2018-19 (20 games) pic.twitter.com/QUeQWPBXUP
– Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 28, 2021
His 105 times 3-points exceed the 102 and 101 mark he set during the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons through 20 games, respectively, according to Stathead. Now, let’s get to the team record.
The 17-3 start was shorter than the 18-2 start in the 2014-15 season and the 20-0 start in the 2015-16 season. In fact, in the campaign that followed, the Warriors started the season with a 24-0 start and ultimately set the best record in NBA history 73-9. Does this mean that the 2015-16 season will be successful? What could be nothing but a small harbinger for the San Francisco franchise is that in both years of MVPs, they made it to the NBA Finals, taking home the championship in 2015.
Total of 3 pointers by Stephen Curry made and predicted
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- Leading the NBA in the Season | (**) Played 26 games due to injury | (***) Played 5 games due to injury
- Considering the first 20 games of the 2021-22 season, Curry is on track to break the NBA record of 402 3-pointers in a single season, a mark he established during his unanimous MVP season. Based on the current season average, he is predicted to earn around 437 playing all remaining games (81 for the whole season).
Is that realistic? Minus two injury-affected seasons, Curry has averaged 73 games in the past and predicts for that many games to be 394 3-pointers.
- Final average for MVP . seasons
- 2014-15: 23.8 points (48.7 FG%, 44.3 3P%), 4.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes at 80 GP (last record is 67-5.81.7%)
- 2015-16: 30.1 points (50.4 FG%, 45.4 3P%), 5.4 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.1 steals in 34.2 minutes at 79 GP (last record is 73-9.89.0%)
2021-22: 27.8 points (45.2 FG%, 41.2 3P%), 5.7 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 34.3 minutes at 20 GP (record of the team is 18-3, 85.7%)
- In the 2021-22 season, Curry is following the same path as his unification year – a game of at least 50 points (53 in 2015 vs New Orleans, 50 in 2021 vs Atlanta) and a total of four points with at least 40 points.
- With 4 games scoring at least 9 3-pointers (through the first 15 games), Curry has amassed 38 career goals, which is the best all-time record by long margin. The next best is nine, held jointly by James Harden and Damian Lillard. Furthermore, he has more matches with at least 3 pointers than the next six on the list combined.
- Curry is on track to break Allen’s all-time 3-pointers record. Over 20 games, he’s far ahead of Allen’s NBA record of 2,973 who scored three goals in a regular season in a 34-game career. Curry has been the all-time leader in 3-pointers taken in season after season.
- Curry has accumulated at least 145 games with at least a 3-pointer, the second-longest in NBA history just behind his own record of 157. You have to rewind to November 8, 2018 to find it. the last game where he didn’t create a pointer 3.
- It’s not just about scoring. Curry, to date, has scored five games with at least 10 assists in his first 15 games. In his unanimous MVP season, he only had one double-digit assist at the start while he had four in the 2014-15 season.
- And rebounds too. Curry has scored two double-digit recoveries in the first 15 games of the 2021-22 season, one of which was part of a triple double. In his two MVP seasons, he’s had two double-digit recovery games add up in his first 15 games.
The ridiculous nature of his 3-point shot is defined by his effectiveness. He’s still up 40% even though his tries have skyrocketed in the first 20 games – 149 in 2014-15, 222 in 2015-16, 262 in 2021-22.
This is where Curry’s current version gets the edge despite the fact that in his unified season he led his team to the league’s all-time best record with a 73-9 .
There are a few common denominators in these three seasons of Curry from a team perspective – Steve Kerr as the coach, Draymond Green as the defensive mainstay and Andre Iguodala as the seasoned veteran from the bench. Having said that, there are two significant differences.
Iguodala was shining in those early years. In fact, he was the MVP of the Finals back in 2015, while he now plays as a little bench veteran who has made more of his mark on his influence in the room. dressing. What else? Klay Thompson remains healthy and had his first two All-Star picks at the time, while he is now awaiting his return after more than two years of rehab.
There are certain similarities. Harrison Barnes is the face of non-Big 3 players on those teams while in 2021 it’s Andrew Wiggins. The Canadian player’s role grew in the current team with the arrival of Jordan Poole, which helped the team deal with Thompson’s absence.
The rest of the supporting cast is different, but like other seasons, these young players also understand their roles and make the most of it. Back then, Andrew Bogut, Shaun Livingston, Marreese Speights, Festus Ezeli, Leandro Barbosa and a small chunk of David Lee were among the most recognized faces. Currently, it is Kevon Looney, Damion Lee, Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Gary Payton II.
In both cases, there was a solid mix of experience and youth. At that time, the Big 3 core was entering the age of 25-27 and veterans played an important role. Six years later, Big 3 has matured in age but has not lost its form while most of the supporting cast are under 30 (Poole 22, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody 19).
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Here’s a look at what the betting experts are saying about the MVP race. Early 2021-22: +800 to win MVP.
Curry shares third place with Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo, behind Joel Embiid (+700) and Luka Doncic, who are the favorites at +200. Current: +150 to win MVP.
Yes, Steph has risen to the top of the betting list, with Durant in second (+500), followed by Giannis (+700) and Jokic (+1300). Early 2014-2015: +4000 to win MVP.
Yes, the odds were not with him before the start, but the boy made gamblers ahead of the end result to the detriment. Early 2015-2016: +650 won MVP.
Safe bet, right?