Now that the first half of the season is winding down, and the year of 2015 is officially coming to a close, I ask you guys one last question. Who out of these three studs do you believe has been the first half of the 2015-’16 season MVP?
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: He is the talk of the league and has been for the last six months, and for good reason. The “Baby-Faced assassin” has stepped up his game in the past year and a half to shocking levels. Coming into the NBA as a seventh pick in the first round, Curry had expectations, but you’d be lying if you said you expected this. Las year Curry averaged 23 points, seven assists, and four rebounds on the way to leading his team to an NBA championship. His numbers this year dwarf those, and the league should be scared. Averaging a career high and league best 30 points, six assists, career high five rebounds, and a career best 51 percent from the field, Curry is en fuego in all facets of his game this year. It doesn’t hurt that his team is 29-2. Oh yes, as of now Curry is the easy pick for first half MVP, but is he the best?
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers: A perennial MVP candidate, the King is back at it again this year. Now a bit older, James is learning to adapt to his body, and by his numbers, the guys a quick study. Averaging the quietest 26 points, six assists, and seven rebounds, Bron-Bron is still a force to be reckoned with. Leading his team to a 21-9 record, the best in the East, the King and the Cavs are on a mission to redeem themselves from last years loss in the finals. Possibly the association’s best finisher, so long as the King of the Q is throwing down hammers like this, he’ll remain just that, a top NBA performer. I know where I stand on LeBron’s first half of 2015-’16, do you?
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs: Possibly the NBA’s most low key star, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is finally coming into his own this year. Known for his elite defensive ability (averaging two steals and a block), that part of Kawhi’s game has gone untouched this year, the same cannot be said for Leonard’s offensive game. With the changes the Spurs saw in the offseason, predominantly the acquisition of star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, one might have expected Leonard’s role to have minimized. Well that one would have been very wrong judging Kawhi’s stats in this first half the 2015-’16 season. Averaging a strong career high 21 points, seven rebounds, and a career high three assists, Kawhi is playing like a leader on this team. His newly expanded role means great things for not only his 28-6 Spurs, but also for his own career and possible MVP hopes. This play from him really encapsulates Leonard’s season.
Honorable Mentions: Kevin Durant, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan.
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