LeBron James Should Have Won The MVP And Here's WHY

LeBron James Should Have Won The MVP And Here’s Why

Now simply saying LeBron James should have won the NBA MVP doesn’t mean Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t a great player. It doesn’t mean I’m disrespecting his 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds per game, 5.8 assists a game, and the fact that he led his team to the best record in the NBA. Clearly, Antetokounmpo stats are better than James 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 10.6 assists a game.

So why would I say that LeBron deserved the MVP over Antetokounmpo?

An award as vague as Most Valuable Player is supposed to take into account other things than just at a stat-line. The problem is voters don’t do that. For LeBron, the voter obsession with statistics and analytics makes this award almost impossible for him to win because his stats are not as dominant as Antetokounmpo. But if you watched hundreds of NBA games this year as I did, I can tell you that without LeBron the Lakers would not have even made the playoffs this year. While if the Bucks played without Antetokounmpo they would have still been in the mix playing in the weaker Eastern Conference.

The difference between the two players comes down to LeBron remaking his game to help dramatically improve the Lakers. This is something that Antetokounmpo did not do at the same level. The fact that the 35-year-old James led the NBA in assists this year should have won the award for him.

James isn’t even a point-guard and still, he had more assists than anyone else in the NBA. How could all those statistically-based voters ignore that?

The truth is for whatever reason, voters tend to not vote for older players to win the league’s MVP. While I’m sure there isn’t a smoking gun document that instructs voters to select a rising superstar, it certainly seems like there is an unwritten rule the media follows to only hand over the award to younger players.

The bottom line is LeBron is still playing and Antetokounmpo has been on vacation for 2 weeks. Enough said.

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