MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Warriors forward Draymond Green joined teammate Andrew Bogut in saying that the MVP race is “not close at all” and that it should go to Stephen Curry.
The support came on a Friday night when Curry racked up 38 points, 10 assists and three steals in a 107-84 win at Memphis. He was 8 for 12 from 3-point range.
“Best record in the league, best offense in the league by a lot,” Green explained as to why Curry should be MVP. “I think Steph has the best plus-minus in the league. And not to mention, what he does he usually does it in three quarters because we’ve beaten a lot of teams by a lot of points. Every game we play isn’t close, so you don’t have to score in the last seconds or the last few minutes of games. So he sits the whole fourth quarter, so those numbers can get a little skewed, too. Obviously you see when he plays the whole game the numbers that he puts up.
“But beyond numbers, what he does for this team, he’s the most valuable player. To be the No. 1 player on the No. 1 team, that says a lot about an MVP to me, so I don’t think it’s close at all. But who knows what’s being valued?”
Not everyone would agree with Bogut and Green.
Earlier in the day, Houston general manager Daryl Morey told SportsRadio 610 that the MVP is the Rockets’ James Harden.
“To me, it’s like overwhelmingly obvious,” Morey told the station. “Obviously, I’m biased. But for me, it’s not close. It’s just not even close.”
Morey listed reasons including measurements both internal and public that show Harden generates the most wins for his team. Morey also noted an advantage Harden had and referred to Curry’s candidacy.
“We’ve had the most injuries of any club in the West, of any playoff club for sure,” Morey said. “Golden State’s had the least.”