Is it too early to think about it? Is it too crazy to consider?
Is there a level above MVP?
Here was a scary thought for Halloween: Is Steph Curry better?
Three games into the 2015-16 season and Curry is turning the NBA into his personal playground.
Saturday night he went off for 53 points, one below his career high, in leading a 134-120 Warriors win at New Orleans.
It’s no longer the things that Curry does that make you shake your head, but the ease with which he does them.
Case in point: turning a close game with the Pelicans into a rout with a 28-point third quarter all by himself.
Curry made 17 of 27 shots on the night, was 8-for-14 from behind the 3-point line and with all that, maybe his most dazzling play was an over-the-shoulder pass to a cutting Harrison Barnes that produced a dunk.
The brilliance is in the efficiency and the ability to create for his teammates. Curry also had nine assists, four steals and takes care of the basketball as if it were a priceless vase.
How do you defend Curry? How do you even slow him up? He doesn’t need a lot of space or opportunity.
Curry is expanding the game to practically every square inch of the floor, forcing defenses to pick him up before he gets across mid-court to deny him the ball. But even then, he cuts and darts and lets the ball find him and it usually does. Then he’s fearless.
As 13-year veteran Rick Fox said on NBA TV, “He makes shots from places on the floor that we never even dared to take.”
Through three games, Curry is averaging 39.3 points and 7.3 assists, shooting 58.8 percent from the field, 48.6 on 3-pointers and the defending champs are cruising at 3-0.
“Every year you get smarter, get more experience, you see things better,” Curry said Friday night in Houston. “If that means it slows things down, yeah a little bit.
“It’s about staying within yourself, making smart plays, trusting your teammates to make smart plays and just being confident and aggressive. The best players in this league learn a little bit every year how to get better, more efficient.”
So is it too early? Is too crazy to consider?
Is Steph Curry actually better this season?
You tell your lying eyes it’s not possible.