Magic Johnson tweets Steph Curry is obvious NBA MVP favorite

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Magic tweets the obvious again, backs Steph for NBA MVP originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, a man who -- at least partially -- quit his job as Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations nearly two years ago so he could tweet whatever he wanted, usually tweets very obvious things about basketball.

Warriors fans won't roll their eyes at Johnson's latest.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer tweeted Sunday night that Steph Curry is the clear favorite for NBA MVP this season.

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Curry is averaging a career-high 31.0 points per game. Yes, nearly a point more than what he averaged in 2015-16 as the first unanimous NBA MVP in league history. The 33-year-old also is shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 42.7 percent on 3-pointers and 92.2 percent from the free throw line.

The Warriors, without Klay Thompson and amid myriad injuries, are 28-29 and in possession of an NBA play-in spot as the Western Conference's ninth-place team. Curry's supporting cast won't be confused with his cohorts from '15-16, when the Warriors went 73-9. Few stars have less spacing than Curry, who's thriving this season despite receiving so much more attention from defenses. 

Curry has really turned it on over his last 10 games, averaging 39.1 points while shooting 54.6/48.9/90.1 percent from the field, 3-point range and free throw line. The Warriors have needed every bit of his greatness, going 6-4 during that time while snapping out of a potentially season-sinking funk.

The Warriors would be on the outside looking in at the postseason had the NBA not added play-in teams again, and MVP voters haven't lately awarded players on teams near the playoff bubble.

Even Russell Westbrook, who won the award in 2016-17 after averaging a triple-double for the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder, was on a team that finished sixth in the Western Conference. Plus, the late Kobe Bryant didn't win NBA MVP awards in '05-06 and '06-07 after willing the Lakers to seventh-place finishes both seasons.

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As of this writing, Golden State is only two games back of the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies and 2.5 behind the seventh-place Dallas Mavericks. Should the Warriors crack the traditional top eight, he might have a stronger case against the likes of Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid and even back-to-back reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Then again, Johnson surely wouldn't have tweeted about Curry's candidacy if it wasn't so obvious, so perhaps the two-time NBA MVP will match Magic's collection this season.

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