TNT NBA analyst and Hall of Fame middle Shaquille O’Neal has made his decide for 2021-2022 MVP, and it will not be who you thought.

Not LeBron James, Luka Dončić and even Giannis Antetokounmpo. Instead, O’Neal says, it’s Stephen Curry.

“Steph Curry. Look at what he did last year without Klay. He just kept playing. The way he shot the ball and how he shot the ball, I’ve always liked him,” stated O’Neal, in an unique interview with USA Today’s Mark Medina. “There’s always an argument on the TNT set that ‘You can’t be MVP if your team doesn’t have the best record.’ I’ve always found that wrong. I always felt MVP was about singularity and not about team success. I’ve always like how Steph plays.”

Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore, top, pours water on the head of guard Stephen Curry after an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in San Francisco, Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Golden State Warriors ahead Kent Bazemore, prime, pours water on the pinnacle of guard Stephen Curry after an NBA basketball recreation towards the Memphis Grizzlies in San Francisco, Sunday, May 16, 2021.
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The 33-year-old Warriors level guard is a two-time MVP and three-time NBA Champion, but it feels as if he’s hardly thought to be a top-three participant within the recreation anymore. It’s unusual, contemplating that Curry led the league in scoring final season with 32.0 PPG and was a member of the unique 40/50/90 membership for the fifth time in his profession. All whereas taking part in with out taking pictures guard Klay Thompson, who was out all final season recovering from a torn proper Achilles harm.

FILE - In this April 15, 2021, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen (31) and Isaac Okoro during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Curry has landed the second $200 million contract of his career, reaching agreement on a $215 million, four-year extension with the Warriors on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

FILE – In this April 15, 2021, file photograph, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) goes to the basket towards Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jarrett Allen (31) and Isaac Okoro in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation in Cleveland. Curry has landed the second $200 million contract of his profession, reaching settlement on a $215 million, four-year extension with the Warriors on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
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Curry’s play even carried the Warriors into the primary ever play-in match for the postseason, the place they have been ultimately crushed by the Lakers and Grizzlies.

FanDuel Sportsbook has Curry tied with Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant for the third best odds to win the MVP this season at +800. That trails Dončić at +480 and Antetokounmpo at +700.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) points toward teammate Alfonzo McKinnie after Curry scored against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) factors towards teammate Alfonzo McKinnie after Curry scored towards the Denver Nuggets in the course of the second half of an NBA basketball recreation in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
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Curry ought to put up comparable numbers this season, although his supporting solid won’t assist him a lot. Golden State common supervisor Bob Myers stated on Monday that Thompson is not going to return till “maybe January.” Forward Andrew Wiggins has refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine and is liable to lacking all 41 house video games because of San Francisco’s vaccine mandate.

The onus will definitely be on Curry as soon as extra, a job he’s accustomed to. Should Golden State make the playoffs this season, it is going to be due to Curry, and he may discover himself as a three-time MVP when the season ends.