Stephen Curry, G, Golden State
Nothing could be more normal about the following statement: Stephen Curry was stellar last week. But he was. And because of an incredible week of performances, the reigning MVP is The Denver Post’s NBA player of the week.
What’s up: Curry averaged 34.3 points, 8.0 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals in four games. He shot 54.3 percent from the field and 49 percent from the 3-point line. The Warriors won three of the four games, including a blowout victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
Background: Let’s start with the game against the Cavaliers. That was the most eye-opening victory of the season for any team in the league, and Curry was relent- less in it. He scored 34 points, knocked down seven 3-pointers and made 12-of-18 shots from the field. His best allaround statistical game of the week came at home Friday night, when he torched Indiana for a triple-double of 39 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The Warriors won on a night their coach, Steve Kerr, returned to the bench.
Dempsey’s take: Nothing can be written here that hasn’t already been said. Curry is the class of the NBA— and he is playing better this season than last season, when he won the MVP award. His play is exemplary, his poise is exemplary, his humble nature is exemplary. He is everything a star should be on and off the court, and his play is head and shoulders above the rest.
Warriors star Stephen Curry reacts to making a half-court shot against the Pacers on Friday night. Ezra Shaw, Getty Images