Warriors guard Stephen Curry is being mentioned as a candidate in the preseason to eventually walk away with the NBA’s Most Valuable Player honor this season.
The Las Vegas betting site Bovada lists Curry as having 28-1 odds to become the MVP. That’s tied with Houston’s James Harden as having the ninth-best chance out of all NBA players.
LeBron James and an injured Kevin Durant remain the favorites in Las Vegas, but Curry could sneak in there as a dark horse candidate, according to writers at NBA.com when asked who could do it with Durant out.
“So I’ll go with Stephen Curry, with the idea that the Warriors will improve offensively (into the top seven in efficiency) and win 50-plus games again, with Curry averaging something in the range of 25 points and 10 assists,” John Schuhmann wrote.
Wrote Jeff Caplan: “I’ve been a believer since the day Steve Kerr was hired that Golden State is going to have a fun and loose squad that will play the same way. They’ll maintain the defensive principles, but Kerr will usher in a much more appealing, go-go offense that is going to play right into Curry’s hands. He’s set to go bonkers, folks, and the Warriors (health be with them) will follow.”
There is also preseason respect for Kerr, who Bovada listed as the odds for him winning NBA coach of the year honors at 10-1. That’s tied for fourth with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers.