Steph Curry leads NBA in wins above replacement, making early MVP case

In order for the Warriors to contend for a playoff spot this season without Klay Thompson, it was widely believed that an MVP-type campaign would be required of Steph Curry. Well, it’s obviously still quite early, but so far, Curry has done just that.

His career-high 62-point game in Golden State’s 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday exists as the most impressive individual performance of any player in the league thus far. He followed that up with another 30 points and near triple-double in 31 minutes in the 137-106 blowout win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday, and nearly has dug himself out of the hole he created with an atypically poor shooting start to the season.

Through seven games, Curry now is averaging 32.0 points, 6.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds per contest on 46.3 percent shooting from the field, 36.9 percent from 3-point range and 98.2 percent from the free-throw line. His regression to the mean should only continue, meaning another 50/40/90 season appears within the realm of possibility. 

That would certainly be a strong footnote in Curry’s potential MVP candidacy. Leading the NBA in wins above replacement player (WARP) would be an even stronger argument, which is exactly what he has done thus far.

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