LeBron’s Case For MVP
While it would have been much easier to make a case for LeBron to win the MVP if the season did not get suspended, however, there is still a possibility that LeBron’s last-minute push could be enough to steal the award from Giannis at the very last second.
James, if the season ended today, would finish the year with 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 10.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. While statistically speaking it looks as if Antetokounmpo had the better season, however, one of LeBron’s saving graces of his game is his amazing playmaking.
The 10.6 assists per game have been enough to lead the entire NBA. This is an impressive feat to achieve especially while still maintaining 25.7 points per game. On top of the playmaking, off the court, LeBron has a better narrative to win the award.
Multiple storylines would make for amazing endings with James bringing home the award. The first is that he is still playing at such a high level at the age of 35. James is on his 17th season in the NBA and still be playing at an MVP level while almost every player from his draft class has already retired is something to be commended.
The second storyline is that LeBron carried the Lakers organization and the city of Los Angeles through the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. He later dedicated this season to Bryant and there would be no better way to cap off the regular season for him than having the best record in the Western Conference and an MVP trophy.
Lastly, is voter mentality and them trying to right their wrongs. There have been multiple MVP awards that LeBron has been snubbed out of receiving so the voters could give this one to LeBron who is likely in his last season of playing at this level rather than Giannis who is in his prime and just won the MVP award last year.