James scored 37 points, had 8 rebounds, 8 assists and clearly out performed Giannis in the Lakers 113 to 103 win over the Bucks at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night.
LeBron probably won’t admit it – but it looked like he made a conscious decision to go after Giannis. James who is 4 inches shorter than Giannis strategically bullied him by posting him up on numerous occasions throughout the game.
Giannis stat-line was impressive as he scored 32 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had 6 assists in the loss. While both LeBron and Giannis put up equally impressive numbers – if you watched the entire game it was clear that LeBron was more valuable to his team than Giannis.
Stats Don’t Tell The Whole Picture
Since Christmas, I’ve been pointing out to anyone who would listen that the 35 year old LeBron James is actually having a more impressive year than Giannis.
First the Lakers have a significantly harder schedule when you consider how loaded the Western Conference has become. Even the bad teams like the Suns and the Kings can beat you on giving night.
Second, LeBron simply takes over a game when ever it is needed. In the fourth quarter of tonight’s game LeBron and Anthony Davis stepped up and handled all the scoring.
Third, James who is leading the NBA in assists appears to have decided that since the Lakers lack a pure point guard he would jump in and turn into a point guard forward which he has done at a exceptional level. He is averaging 10.7 assists a game and is followed by the Atlanta Hawks Trae Young who is way behind with 9.3 assists per game.
The Giannis supporters always pull up stats to back up why they think Giannis is having a better year than LeBron which is ridiculous. Look Giannis is a great player, but the Eastern Conference is weak. Sure he deserved the MVP last year. But this year is not last year and LeBron is doing way more for his team than Giannis.
Stats don’t make you a MVP, LeBrons leadership does!