Following Stephen Curry’s 49-point performance in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, the Golden State Warriors guard is now leading the NBA in scoring with 31.4 points per game. He surpassed Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who's averaging 31.1 points.
To say that Curry has been on fire lately is an understatement.
Over his last five games, Curry is averaging 44.8 points, 9.2 threes, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists, while shooting 55.6% from the field, 55.4% from three-point range and 91.0% from the free-throw line.
The Warriors are 4-1 over that stretch, including impressive wins over Philadelphia and Denver. He's putting the Warriors on his back, and they are now 1.5 games out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
This month, through 10 games, Curry is averaging 40.8 points, 7.2 threes, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists, on 54.9/50.3/90.9 shooting splits.
"Nobody in the history of this game has ever done what he’s doing right now," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "And I’m talking the full gamut of shooting off the dribble, off the screen, running around like a madman when he’s off the ball... There’s something beautiful about it. It really is an art."
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers agreed.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like the run he’s on,” Rivers said of Curry. “I guarantee you there’s no one that has scored (points) in the way he has.”
If Curry can continue to produce at this ridiculous level and lift Golden State into the Western Conference’s top-eight, could he make a late run at the 2020-21 MVP award?
Entering Monday’s games, Curry’s odds were 100-1 at DraftKings and there’s little to no money being bet on Curry despite his recent production, DraftKings’ head oddsmaker Johnny Avello said earlier today on The Sheridan Show. However, Avello predicted that will likely change very soon since Curry's odds are so low and he’s playing some of the best basketball of his career.