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With NBA record achieved, Steph Curry admits intriguing personal goal

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Steph Curry's performances so far this season have been a major factor behind the Golden State Warriors' record-breaking start to the campaign, but they've also seen him reach a new level personally.

So good has the point guard been in the Warriors' 16-0 run, that teammate Harrison Barnes said this week that Curry should be considered for the Most Improved Player award if his form continues.

Considering he was the 2014-15 NBA MVP, obtaining such a title would be quite a comment on the level of Curry's current play. The player himself, though, has admitted it is a target he would like to achieve.

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"It's the goal," Curry told reports on an international conference call when asked about the possibility of coming away with both awards.

"Obviously the formula for it last year starts with winning and starts with, hopefully, leading my team every single night, playing at a high level."

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"Statistically, I don't know what that'll mean at the end of the season if those numbers will look better than they did last year, or what not.

"But I definitely feel like I'm a better player than I was last year - more efficient."

Better and better

Through the first 16 games of the campaign, there is no doubt Curry has stepped things up to another level compared to last season's already formidable form.

The 27-year-old is setting career highs in; steals-per-game (2.6 compared to 2.0 last season), rebounds-per-game (5.1 vs 4.3) and effective Field Goal Percentage (.627 vs .594) as well as making a phenomenal 4.9 three-pointers per game on average.

An impressive improvement indeed, but we haven't even spoken about his points-per-game and PER totals. Curry's player efficiency rating of 28.0 was already good enough for third in the league last season. This year, however, his PER currently sits at a league-high 33.76.

Throw in the fact that the Davison college alumni's 32.1 points-per-game (up over 8 ppg on last year) has him on pace to break Michael Jordan's 30.12 ppg NBA record, and there is certainly an argument that no one has upped their game more than the Warriors star.

The NBA would be breaking new ground were they to hand out both the MVP and MIP awards to the same player come 2016. , But, with Curry and the Warriors busy doing that on the court anyway, you wouldn't bet against it.

NBA fans: Is Steph Curry capable of winning both awards? Have you seen anyone better this year? Have your say in the comments below...

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