Stephen Curry‘s dream season can only end one way at this point. If Golden State gets beat in the playoffs, whether it’s by the Clippers in the conference finals–THAT is the series I want to see–or by the Cavs in the NBA Finals, it won’t just be a failure. It’ll potentially ruin one of the greatest come-from-nowhere superstar seasons in league history. Curry literally went from nothing as a youngster to something as an NBA player, and now he’s not only the league’s most valuable player but also its most popular.
Outside of Curry this week, we’re looking ahead for some of the NBA Playoffs’ biggest stars so far. The spotlight also finds the NFL’s amazing rookie class and how everyone from Famous Jameis to Oakland’s new selfie king is ready to take the league by storm. Then, finally, there’s Rihanna, the goddess of style.
In this week’s Style Points: The NFL’s Rookies Are Ready to Show Out and Stephen Curry Wins the NBA MVP.
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In something that was surprising despite every basketball fan in the world knowing it was coming, Steph is your 2014-15 NBA MVP, grabbing 100 out of a possible 130 first-place votes. Even with strong pushes from players like Harden, Westbrook, and James, Curry was the obvious choice. He was the best player on the best team all season long, had a true plus/minus value, and is arguably the greatest shooter the game has ever seen. It wasn’t surprising that he won, only surprising that it wasn’t a little closer. (This was supposed to be an MVP voting that would turn out neck-and-neck. Instead, it was only the 5th-closest vote of the past decade.)
All year, Curry was consistently exciting, and he’s only upped his play in the playoffs. Including four postseason games, Golden State is a ridiculous 71-15 on the year. How could you not give this man the ultimate individual award? Especially when he was doing things like this on the regular…
The saga of Howard has been weird, to say the least. He went from being universally loved to loathed to his game falling on hard times. For a while he was no longer the dominating force who once threw up four straight seasons with PERs of at least 24. His back injuries were limiting and at times it seemed like he was just tired of playing. But this is the second consecutive postseason where he’s balled out.
In Houston’s 4-1 first round series win over Dallas, Howard put up 3.0 blocks and 13.8 rebounds in limited minutes. He had 28 and 12 in Game 2 and then went for 26 boards in Game 3. If he’s ever going to have a renaissance, it’ll happen right now.
Feast your eyes on the NBA’s newest Rookie of the Year. Wiggins has always been a stylish guy–check out his IG page for confirmation–and his suit at last summer’s NBA Draft was an instant classic. You knew he’d come equipped with something ill for this award ceremony. He didn’t disappoint.
Not only are we predicting that Wiggins will make next year’s All-Star Game in Toronto, we’re also betting he’s next in line for the style class that includes players like Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook. In other words, don’t take your eyes off him.
The Truth isn’t the talent that he was once–though he still put up 15.5 points per game and shot nearly 60 percent from deep against T-Dot–but he’s also become the league’s preeminent troll. It was beautiful watching him talk junk to the Toronto Raptors during the Wizards’ first-round sweep. He called them out before the series even started, saying they don’t have the “it” factor. Then he trolled Drake after Game 4 before taking a stab at the Raptors’ “We the North” slogan by posting this Game of Thrones-themed picture to his Facebook page. Pierce’s presence in the lineup will matter more and more as the playoffs go on, especially if Washington sees Cleveland and LeBron in the conference finals. For now, he’s enjoying the ride.
Since leaving the 3-Stripes and joining Puma as a Creative Director, we had heard little from RiRi’s camp on what was to come. Until now. The style icon recently starred in her first ad with the brand where she introduced the new Pulse XT. This is hopefully hinting at something big coming from the two sides soon but either way she’ll have her fingerprints all over what’s in the future for Puma. The anticipation might not be at Kanye levels just yet but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on over the next few months.
The NFL Draft is over and now we can start looking ahead to not only the season but also to which players are going to stunt. This class is full of trendsetters, from Marcus Mariota, who already got a pair of custom, lasered Nike Lunar Force 1s to celebrate his draft day, to Jameis Winston, who showed up in a dope edition of the Nike Foamposites, to even Amari Cooper, now a Raider, who’s basically the selfie king of the rookie class.
Vic Beasley is already styling and profiling as one of the rookies you NEED to watch, and he’s only adding to that by predicting double-digit sack numbers this year for the Falcons. Get yourself ready. This should be fun.