Denver Nuggets: Ranking Nikola Jokic among the top 5 MVP candidates

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How Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic ranks in MVP race: #3 Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is on a ridiculous tear recently. Over the last month, he has had 11 games scoring more than 32 points and five over 40. He has willed this talent-deprived Golden State Warriors team to some big wins to pursue a run at the play-in tournament. These stats are no comparison to Jokic when you think of the success the Nuggets have had even with their equal injury-plagued season.

Offensively, Curry has been on another level this season, leading the NBA in scoring with 1,588 points, good for 31.1 points per game. He has been doing this ridiculous scoring and would join the 40/50/90 club with 42.5 percent from the 3-point zone, 57 percent from the 2-point zone, and 92.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Jokic is right on his tail scoring 26.4 points per game on 41.1 percent from the 3-point zone, 60.4 percent from the 2-point zone, and 85.4 percent from the free-throw line.

This historic season from Steph Curry may be MVP worthy, however, the Warriors are the 10 seed in the West. They currently have a 29-30 record. There have only been two MVPs awarded to a player with a losing record, back in 1955 (Bob Petitt the first MVP) and 1975 when Kareem won MVP, the only MVP without a playoff appearance.

Even if Curry could get this below-average team to .500, it would not be enough to eclipse the equally impressive season of Nikola Jokic.