Steph not top-five MVP candidate in ESPN's first straw poll


Steph Curry is having an incredible season.

The two-time NBA MVP is averaging 29.6 points, 5.9 assists and 5.4 rebounds through 25 games, while shooting 48.7 percent overall and 42.9 percent from 3-point territory.

But according to an ESPN straw poll, Curry currently is not a top-five NBA MVP candidate.

He isn't even in the top six.

Curry placed seventh after receiving one first-place vote, one second-place vote, one third-place vote, two fourth-place votes and eight fifth-place votes.

So yes -- he only appeared on 13 of the 100 ballots.

"To make the balloting as realistic as possible, there are at least two voters from each of the league's 28 markets, as well as a cross-section of both national and international reporters," Tim Bontemps writes. "Like with the NBA's official vote at the end of season, voters were asked to submit a five-player ballot, and results were tabulated using the league's scoring system: 10 points for each first place vote, followed by seven points for second, five points for third, three points for fourth and one point for fifth."

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LeBron James racked up the most points, followed by Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo. All six guys are having fantastic seasons and are worthy of their positioning.

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But clearly, Curry didn't get a ton of love mainly because the Warriors (13-12) are in eighth place in the Western Conference.

But if keeps playing like this -- and if Golden State starts winning more games -- you better believe the only unanimous MVP in NBA history will make a move up the ladder when the next straw poll is released.

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