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J.R. Smith thinks LeBron, Westbrook should be MVP over Steph Curry

In an NBA Finals with both LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the “real MVP” debate is bound to be never-ending. Before Game 4, J.R. Smith brought up the conversation again, of course favoring his teammate.

What was truly interesting about Smith’s statements were not that he picked LeBron for MVP, but who he picked as the runner-up.

Smith told Michael Singer of USA TODAY:

“Other than LeBron, I don’t really know who else to vote for. I mean somebody who does everything for a team, whether it’s scoring, getting stops, rebounds, steals, blocked shots. There’s not more of a complete player, so I don’t see how he couldn’t be the most valuable. (But) If I couldn’t vote for somebody on my own team I’d probably vote for a guy like Russ (Westbrook). I mean, he’s energy, effort, consistently, got the total package. You gotta go for a guy like that.”

The Cavs swingman did clarify that the Warriors superstar is still one of the best players in the NBA:

“Would (Curry) be in my Top-5? I mean, yeah, he’s very valuable to the team, to what they do. If you take him out of the equation I think they’re a totally different team, but I mean he would definitely be in there. Absolutely.”

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