Stephen Curry won the league’s most valuable player award by a landslide last season, and this year has looked even better.

He scored 53 points while playing less than 36 minutes in the Warriors’ 134-120 win over New Orleans. Per Elias, only Curry’s back-court mate, Klay Thompson, has put up 50+ points while playing less than 36 minutes in the last nine seasons.

I’ve always had confidence. You just get better as a player and try to take it to another level. So that’s what I’m trying to do this year,” Curry said. “I’m blessed to be healthy. I’m feeling pretty energetic, pretty strong out there on the floor, playing free, just having fun, so usually good things happen when all that comes together.”

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Last season, Curry averaged a game score — a metric created by John Hollinger to give a rough measure of a player’s productivity for a single game — of 20.4, the fourth best after Anthony Davis (22.2), James Harden (21.7) and Russell Westbrook (21.6). This year his average game score through the first three games is 35.5, the highest since 1985-86, the first year the metric was available. The only player to get off to as hot a start? Michael Jordan during the 1989-90 season (34.7 game score in first three games).

The next best game score this season is by Russell Westbrook at 29.5, a full six points lower than Curry.

Through three games, Curry is averaging 39.3 points and 7.3 assists, shooting 48.6 percent on three-point shots and producing 0.65 win shares per 48 minutes.

And Curry’s offense has him at the top or near the top in three major offensive categories on a points per possession basis: handling the ball on the pick and roll (1.6 points per possession), in transition (1.7) and isolation (1.5). As a result, the Warriors have won their first three games by at least 12 points, joining the 1961-62 and 1962-63 Boston Celtics as the only defending champions to start a season with three straight wins by at least that many.

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He’s getting to the hole a lot better, picking and choosing his spots when to go. He’s turning the corner like crazy,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said of Curry. “Most importantly, I said it on the court to him, I said, `Man, you’re acting like this is your league.”‘

It’s still early, of course, but at worst Curry appears to be picking up where he left off. At best, he has taken his game to an even higher level.

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