NBA Finals MVP Rankings: Steph Curry can win even if Warriors lose. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown neck and neck

With the 2022 NBA Finals tied 2-2 and returning to San Francisco for Game 5 on Monday, it’s always a good time to check out the Fun Finals MVP Race. If the Golden State Warriors win, then Stephen Curry is a lock. As we will argue, it has a strong case so far, even if the Warriors lose the series to win this award. Towards the Boston Celtics, it’s still a tough call between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

After that, I wouldn’t bother with considering anyone else. One of the three boys is the winner of the finals MVP. Through four games, here I see the rankings falling.

1. Stephen Curry

Curry is a favorite because Golden State, at least on paper, is in a better position to win the championship as the situation now stands, which has benefited the home court in the three-game series.

If the Warriors fall short, there is a precedent for the player of the losing team to win the finals. Jerry West won the award in 1969 when his Lakers lost to the Celtics in seven games. In recent times, if ever a player from the losing team was going to win the MVP finals, that would be the case, and perhaps LeBron James should have been in 2015, when he averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 in Cleveland losses. Assisted. To the Golden State.

We know who actually won the finals MVP in this 2015 series: Andre Agodala. This has been hotly debated, with Iguodala himself recently claiming that he deserves the award over Stephen Curry, who, despite some tough games by his standards, averaged 26-6-5 and made as much space as possible. Iguodala, and others developed.

This year, Curry, whose finals lack MVP otherwise Mt. Reshmore’s capable resume has been taken to death, leaving zero doubt. Again, if the Warriors win this series, they have the hardware in the bag. No one else gets the chance. The question is: should Curry win the award even if the Warriors lose the series?

Understand, there is still a long way to go. If Curry lays one or two eggs in the latter part of the series, he is not going to win. It must continue its current pace to the end. That’s the way it should be. For the losing player to win the MVP, the gap must be so wide that it is too wide.

So far, so good. No one in this series is as great as Curry, who is currently averaging 34.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and two steels at 50% shooting. Yar is shooting 3 to 49% on 12 attempts per game. If left unmanaged, they can be left astray and lose the right path.

With 25 triplets so far, Curry is the first player in history to score at least five 3s in four straight final games. After his 43-point masterpiece in Game 4, he is one of the three point guards to join the Magic Johnson and the aforementioned West and set a 40-point / 10 rebound finals line.

Given the constant defense he faces, and the lack of support he receives from his own team, what Curry is doing right now is supernatural. Better team than Celtics Warriors. They are big, strong, fast. Their defense is better. He has two Golden State Elite scorers. Neither of their lineups need to compromise on offense in defense, or vice versa, while Golden State, somehow, is making at least one shiny hole every second of the series. ۔

Dreammond Green Borderline is still unbeatable. Clay Thompson is shooting 35%. If you still see this Warriors team through its lens as it used to, check your eyes. These are not old fighters. However, this is the same old curry, which is literally the only card Golden State to play. And so far, he’s almost alone holding them.

This is exactly what James did in 2015 without Carrie Irving and Kevin Lowe. LeBron’s Cavaliers were the team that beat Matthew Delavidova, Timofey Mozgoff, Iman Schampert and Tristan Thompson 2-1 over the 67-time Warriors. He was not as effective as Curry has been in the series. Not even close. But he was the best player in the series by one mile, and he did not win the award. Some would argue that if LeBron had not been found then, Curry could not be found now.

I’m not sure I’m one of them. My instinct is that I feel awkward about a player on the losing team that wins the MVP finals, even though I generally despise arguments that lean on the old, pointless leg of traditionalism. I don’t know why it just feels weird. But if LeBron wins in 2015, I think I will feel good about it. The example of the West was established a decade before I was born. I can’t understand this debate with any level of intelligence.

For me, LeBron should have set a new precedent in 2015. But my colleague Sam Quinn challenged me in our chat room to answer a simple question: Why should one wrongdo the other? As Sam insisted, this is tantamount to arguing that a baseball player cannot be voted unanimously in the Hall of Fame because neither Baby Ruth nor Willie May or Mickey Mantle were.

So they misunderstood them. obviously. Why do we need to get these things wrong? Baseball voters finally broke their dumb code when Mariano Rivera received 100% of the vote in 2019.

People said the same thing about Curry winning the 2015-16 regular season MVP by a unanimous vote. How could this happen when Michael Frank Jordan never won unanimously? Again, two mistakes do not work. Other than Curry, there was no reasonable choice to win the 2015-16 MVP. They got this right.

So, if he continues his current pace, and the Warriors lose the series, then Curry will definitely have a chance to win his first final MVP. is he? I do not know. It is difficult to break the tradition. And again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes. It doesn’t matter how I feel, of course. It only matters how the voters feel. I know this: if all of Boston’s players stood there in their championship hats and shirts, and they announced Curry as MVP, it would leave a hell of a Twitter firestorm.

2. Jayson Tatum

Again, if Boston wins the series and Curry doesn’t break the modern precedent, it’s still a razor-sharp margin between Tatum and Brown. Almost impossible, they are averaging just 22.3 points and 7.0 assists in both series so far. Brown’s scoring has been far more effective than the Tatum, but I still lean on the Tatum for playmaking. It has 7.8 assist per game double brown output.

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All told, the entry into Game 4 Tatum was responsible for 45% of Boston’s offense through its scoring or assisting. Tatum is the one defending like a superstar, and Brown, if we’re splitting the hair, is taking advantage of the secondary creation opportunities provided by Tatum’s gravity. Tatum’s end-of-life problems near the rum are popping up again, but he’s hitting 45% of his 3s in the series.

3. Jillian Brown

To me, Brown has. Felt Like Boston’s best player so far, in some ways just as Iguodala felt he was the best player for Golden State in 2015. Passive slides and truly bus drivers appreciate the overall effect of the boy, as Charles Barkley likes to say.

But Brown has been great. No question His playmaking, though not the level of a tatum, has been important, and it is not that he is not committing too much of his own crime. He beat Dreammond Green for a one-on-one bucket on several occasions, especially in Game 4.

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This is a race that is far from over. Again, if Golden State wins, Curry is a lock. For Boston, these next two or three games are going to decide the MVP debate between Tatum and Brown. If the Celtics have their own way, it will be difficult a week from now as both Tatum and Brown would have played well in this series to take Boston to the trophy they really care about.