Warriors head coach Steve Kerr tips Portland's Damian Lillard to win MVP

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The experts' predictions for the MVP winner in the upcoming campaign already suggests that it could be one of the most hotly contested in recent years. 

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is the reigning two-time MVP - becoming the first player to win it unanimously last season - but many believe he won't be receiving the award for the third consecutive year. 

With the addition of Kevin Durant in the Bay Area, Curry's chances of replicating his incredible numbers from the previous campaign seem unlikely as he'll have to share the load with the former OKC star. 

Even Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that the three-point specialist wouldn't reach 400 made attempts again.

Speaking again recently, Kerr also made the revelation that he doesn't expect any of his players to win the MVP award and used some presidential analogy to describe exactly who he believes will win it. 

"I think KD is kinda like Gary Johnson, a third-party guy who is going to come in and take a few votes from Steph, takes some from LeBron and then Damian Lillard wins the election," Kerr said, per the San Jose Mercury News' Anthony Slater.

It's fair to say the Coach of the Year played this one safe by avoiding tipping any player on a direct title rival. The choice of Lillard ahead of the likes of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard may raise some eyebrows, but Kerr made a smart choice. 

However, his decision to opt for the Portland guard is by no means a bad one. The two-time All-Star led the Blazers to the Western Conference semi-finals last season after many predicted they wouldn't even make it to the postseason. 

He certainly deserved to be in the MVP conversation last year after putting up career-best numbers of 25.1 points, 6.8 assists and four rebounds per game.

Another campaign like that will not only see him chalk up another All-Star appearance, but he will be taken seriously in the discussion about the league's Most Valuable Player.

Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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