Reports: Stephen Curry to be named MVP Monday

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It’s not official, but it’s also not a surprise.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry will be named the NBA’s MVP on Monday, reports Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, according to multiple league sources in recent days.

Official announcement will come this week, sources said, likely on Monday between Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference semifinals series between the Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Multiple others have confirmed that this announcement is coming. James Harden will be second in the voting, according to the report.

This had been the most wide-open MVP race in recent memory, with players such as LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and Chris Paul all having seasons that allowed supporters to make a good case for them. But as the season wound through it’s final weeks, it clearly became a Curry vs. Harden race for the top spot.

Curry was phenomenal from the very start of the season, leading the Warriors to a 67-win season. He averaged 23.8 points and 7.7 assists a game (both sixth in the NBA), shooting 44.3 percent from three, plus was fourth in the league with 2.04 steals a contest. He had a team-high 22 in the Warriors Game 1 playoff win over Memphis on Sunday.

Curry certainly got some media votes for being the best player on the best team, but his MVP case was much more nuanced than that old cliche. While what Harden did was amazing it was conventional — use the pick-and-roll to get into the lane, draw fouls and hit threes. What Curry did was anchor a far more modern offense. He put up more than his share of highlight plays, driving the lane or knocking down his three, but he meant more to that offense than just being a standard quarterback. Steve Kerr used the threat of Curry off the ball, his gravity to draw defenders — even off the ball you can’t give him an inch — to open up the shots that Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and others got.

It worked. Curry has transformed into one of the most dynamic and most entertaining players in the league, but he is efficient as well.

This is well deserved.