The 2019-20 season is nearing its restart in the coming days, bringing the MVP conversation back into the mix. That has seen much dialogue around LeBron James‘ case for the honor due to the tremendous 17th campaign he has put forth. Milwaukee Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokouompo continues to remain well in that mix as potentially the favorite to earn that honor. However, there may be a convincing case for the Los Angeles Lakers star forward to win that award over Antetokounmpo.
LeBron James’ strong season
LeBron James‘ second season with the Lakers has gone markedly better than his first as he has the Lakers in position to secure the top record in the Western Conference.
Alongside All-Star big man Anthony Davis, James has been the guiding factor for the team’s tremendous success. In his 17th campaign, he’s putting up an incredible season as he’s set to finish his first year, averaging a double-double. James is leading the NBA with a career-high 10.6 assists per contest while ranking 11th with 25.7 points on 49.8% shooting from the floor and 7.9 rebounds.
The 35-year-old is putting forth an impressive campaign that has him squarely in the MVP conversation next to Giannis Antetokounmpo as the top two candidates for the honor.
LeBron James’ potential MVP case over Giannis
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have dominated the MVP conversation for much of the 2019-20 season.
Antetokounmpo is viewed by many as holding the advantage with his continued stellar performance and the Bucks holding the top mark in the league. However, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson stated on ESPN’s The Jump on Monday that he believes James holds a particular edge over the reigning league MVP. (H/T ClutchPoints)
“LeBron affects the game in so many different ways, and this year he’s almost averaging a triple-double,” Magic Johnson started. “And when you think about the way he’s played defense, and last but not least, the way he’s been an incredible leader. He has really brought those guys together and kept them going. LeBron himself also is on a mission.
“He wants to show people that he can go from Cleveland to the Lakers and win a championship, and especially with all the history that the Lakers have. I think LeBron has played unbelievable this season, and really took Anthony Davis’ game to a whole ‘nother level. I’m really impressed with LeBron.”
There is undoubtedly a strong argument for LeBron James to receive the honor given all the intangibles that he provides to the Lakers. He’s the driving force that has guided the team to the chance to compete for an NBA title while being in his 17th season.
That alone is quite a convincing argument as he’s also helped take Anthony Davis’ game to the next level allowing him to become a more significant factor defensive and an efficient scorer. All that makes for what should be a tough choice in the voting process for the prestigious honor.
Who will win it?
It’s quite a fierce competition for the MVP award, and LeBron James has made a compelling case to earn the honor.
However, it’s quite hard to see him edging Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has guided the Bucks to the best record the entire season behind arguably his best campaign. Antetokounmpo, in many ways, has shown continued improvement in his play ranking third in the league with 29.6 points, third with 13.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.
There hasn’t been any wavering in his performance throughout the season, presenting a tremendous argument to earn the honor. Ultimately, it’s hard to envision any other player for this award aside from Antetokounmpo or James.