• Steph Curry is looking like his former MVP self in the 2020-2021 NBA season
  • Curry is averaging nearly 30 points in 26 games played this season
  • With Curry leading the way, the Golden State Warriors are at 8th in the Western Conference

To say that Steph Curry is back is an understatement.

The former two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion missed all but five games of the 2019-2020 NBA season due to injury--with the Golden State Warriors not being able to make it to the NBA restart’s play-in tournament.

This season, however, the sweet-shooting floor general has started and played all 25 games for the Warriors. He is currently putting up nearly 30 points, six assists, and five boards per game.

Apart from that, Curry has also put on two of the season’s best offensive performances, dropping 62 in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers and then amassing 57 markers in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

On Thursday, Curry was cooking again as he hit 10 triples en route to a 40-point outing and a win against the Orlando Magic.

In the seven games prior to the win over Orlando, Curry was averaging a mind-blowing 34.6 points, 5.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds--definitely MVP numbers.

This is why a number of people covering the NBA have started taking notice and are leaning towards voting for Curry as this season’s MVP.

On an episode of the "Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective" podcast, the show's main host along with Tim Bontemps and Tim McMahon discussed their picks for MVP and tackled why several pundits are inclined to putting Curry higher on their lists.

According to Bontemps, he began soliciting votes for an ESPN straw poll for NBA MVP on February 5.

On February 10, ESPN published the results, with LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard making up the top 5 in MVP voting.

Curry, the NBA’s first-ever unanimous MVP, was at 7th place.

"There were a couple of people who wanted to switch their Steph vote after that, too." said Bontemps, responding to McMahon’s comment about Curry’s 57-point outing.

“I might have put [Curry] at fifth. He is full-blown Steph Curry cookin' right now,” McMahon then added. "This isn't a diminished version of Steph. He is as good right now as he ever was. Honestly, when you're watching him, you laugh out loud about six or eight times a game because you can't believe what this dude is doing."

"If somebody says to me, 'I'm gonna vote for Steph Curry for MVP,' I'm not gonna sit there and square off with them,” Windhorst said.

With Curry leading the way, the Warriors 14-12, currently sitting at eighth in the Western Conference.

Considering that they’re missing the services of the other half of the "Splash Brothers," Klay Thompson, Golden State is exceeding expectations.