Top 5 MVP candidates heading into 2019-20 NBA season

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2. Stephen Curry

Heading into the 2019-20 NBA season, you’d be hard-pressed to find an NBA player that is set to do more heavy lifting than two-time MVP Stephen Curry.

With the pending free agency and ruptured Achilles rehab that Kevin Durant is set to face, as well as Klay Thompson’s pending free agency (although he is expected to return) and torn ACL rehab, Curry faces the most on-court adversity he’s seen since his recurring battles with his ankles early his career.

Nevertheless, Curry is about to be unleashed in full effect in the regular season for the first time. Not only will he be able to take full rein of the offense, but his usage rate and minutes per game are set to be much higher than they have been since the arrival of Kevin Durant.

With how the Golden State Warriors are currently constructed, they are set to be in a battle for their playoff lives, especially in the loaded Western Conference. With ascending teams such as the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz all set to take large steps in development, the Dubs need Stephen Curry to do the impossible and change his game.

Rather than being the best off-ball threat in NBA history, it’s time to see Curry take control of the offense in Harden-esque fashion and help steer the ship to a top-four seed.

There’s a lot that has to go right for Steph Curry to win MVP for the third time in his career, but don’t be surprised if the 2020 NBA Awards show ends with the Warriors guard delivering yet another acceptance speech.