Nitpickers continue to point to Steph Curry's lack of an NBA Finals MVP award as some sort of indictment on his historical greatness. It's an asinine argument to make, and one made even less valid when you consider he actually deserved to win the one that went to Andre Iguodala in 2015.
Still, the haters repeat the irrelevant refrain to the point that there is a major disconnect between how Curry has performed in the Finals and how those performances are remembered. They'd have you believe he has come up short time and again, bailed out by his teammates in the biggest moments.
Like I said, asinine.
Here are Curry's per-game averages in every Finals series he has participated in:
2015: 26.0 pts, 6.3 ast, 5.2 reb
2016: 22.6 pts, 3.7 ast, 4.9 reb
2017: 26.8 pts, 5.4 ast, 8.2 reb
2018: 27.5 pts, 6.8 ast, 6.0 reb
2019: 30.5 pts, 6.0 ast, 5.2 reb
Outside of 2016 -- a series in which he was somewhat limited due to injury -- those are tremendous contributions. Throughout his Finals career, Curry has averaged 26.5 points, 6.2 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game on 42.0 percent shooting from the field and 38.5 percent from 3-point range -- which are nearly identical to his career averages in all games.
He might not have a Finals MVP, but Curry has more than held his own in the final playoff round. Here are the top five performances of his Finals career.
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Steph Curry's top five NBA Finals performances from decorated career originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area