The NBA MVP award will most likely go to either Lebron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo, but both players want the NBA championship more.
The NBA announced over the weekend that the stats gained in the eight seeding games inside the bubble would not be counted for individual awards. In other words, the past 60 or more games that the players played in will be the basis for this year’s awards. It includes the MVP, DPOY, MIP, and 6th-man of the year award.
At the start of the season, several players were up for contention for MVP. Since then, the list has narrowed down to just two players in Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Both of these players deserve the MVP. However, only one will be crowned as this year’s most valuable player.
Vogel thinks Lebron deserves to be NBA MVP
Lebron James is already 35 years old, yet he’s still considered as one of the best players in the league. No one can deny his impact on the game and his body’s durability. James has never been involved in any career-ending injury. He’s also played in the majority of his teams’ games. It was only recently that James had to manage his time on the court.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel that James deserves the award more than anyone else. He said,
“Nobody impacts winning more than LeBron James. I do believe that he should be MVP this year.”
Considering that James is already 35 years old, he’s still considered as the best player in their team despite having Anthony Davis. The four-time NBA MVP is still in the hunt for his fourth ring, and the pressure on him is heavy because of his age. Nonetheless, earlier this season, he said,
“Regular season MVP has never motivated me. … to be the best to ever play the game has motivated me and it’s resulted in me being able to be league MVP a couple of times.”
Budenholzer thinks otherwise
Milwaukee’s head coach doesn’t agree with Frank Vogel. Instead, he thinks that his star-player deserves to be the NBA MVP. He said,
“What he does for us on both ends of the court, what he does every night, the way he sets the bar for us, culture-wise, work ethic-wise, just as a teammate. He’s an incredible teammate, plays unselfishly, does everything. And I think that’s kind of what the MVP is, so we certainly feel like he’s very deserving, and we’ll be excited to support him.”
If Giannis wins this year’s MVP award, he’ll go back-to-back after winning last year. He’ll also join Lebron and Kareem Abdul-Jabar to win multiple MVP awards at age 25 years old or younger.
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