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Stephen Curry Conveys, He Adapted ‘Next Play Mentality’ From Coach McKillop, After His Win Against 76ers

Stephen Curry was compared to Kobe Bryant by Steve Kerr

Stephen Curry has been on a tear lately. Playing against the Philadelphia 76ers, Curry carried the Dubs’ offense against Philly. For the 11th game in a row, Curry scored more than 30 points with his latest 49 point performance.

While on paper Curry’s 49 points seem incredible, what makes this performance more memorable is the fact that Steph initially struggled to find a rhythm as the Sixers surged to a 12-0 run. But that didn’t dampen his spirits as he put on a shooting masterclass, knocking down 10 three-pointers. After the game, the 7-time All-Star credited his college coach McKillop for his developing his mental toughness.

“It came from him he uh he taught me next play mentality my first game as a freshman I had 13 turnovers and uh he left me out there to work through it and that was the first time i heard that term and I just can’t get out of my head so it’s a lifestyle. You make mistakes you keep it moving keep your confidence um never doubt yourself just gotta figure it out.”

Coach McKillop and Davidson college indeed were crucial in Curry’s development as a player. While players shrugged him off as a specialist shooter, McKillop took the chance on young Curry and he didn’t disappoint. His college career apparently set him up for the NBA. With three championships and two MVP trophies, it’s safe to say that Curry certainly is one of the best players to play in this decade.

Why Stephen Curry deserves to be the MVP this season

The Golden Boy is undoubtedly having one of his best seasons in the NBA. He is averaging an insane 31.4 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds, which is on par with his unanimous MVP season.

Currently, the 33-year-old is enjoying one of the best stretches in his career. In his last 11 games, he has played, Steph is averaging an insane 40.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 19: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a game against the Philadelphia 76ers

But one of the biggest concerns regarding his MVP candidature is the Dubs’ regular-season record. Traditionally the MVP trophy is awarded to the best players in the top teams of the regular season. The Warriors certainly don’t fit the billing.

But considering the insane statistics Steph is averaging right now and the way he has carried this Dubs’ offense this season, Curry is surely one of the most deserving candidates for the MVP trophy. Do you think Steph Curry will win his third MVP trophy this season? Let us know in the comments down below.


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