Stephen Curry was voted the unanimous MVP this season, but J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers doesn't think it is as clear-cut as that.
His teammate LeBron James finished third in the overall voting behind his nemesis Curry and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs.
However, King James has long been regarded as one of the most complete players to have ever played the game. Stats like providing the most assists by a forward in NBA history by the time he was 30 suggest as much.
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“Other than LeBron, I don’t really know who else to vote for,” Smith said on Thursday prior to the Cavaliers game four loss to Golden State. ”I mean somebody who does everything for a team, whether it’s scoring, getting stops, rebounds, steals, blocked shots. There’s not more of a complete player, so I don’t see how he couldn’t be the most valuable.”
And if it wasn't James, Curry isn't his second pick either.
“If I couldn’t vote for somebody on my own team I’d probably vote for a guy like Russ (Westbrook). I mean, he’s energy, effort, consistently, got the total package. You gotta go for a guy like that.”
So, how far down Smith's rankings does the great Curry actually fall?
“Would he be in my Top-5? I mean, yeah, he’s very valuable to the team, to what they do. If you take him out of the equation I think they’re a totally different team, but I mean he would definitely be in there. Absolutely.”
Well, how generous of you, J.R. The Cavaliers currently trail the Warriors 3-1 in the NBA Finals and Curry's 38-point explosion last time out put the defending champions within touching distance of retaining their crown.