Can LeBron James win the NBA MVP again this season?
We all know that LeBron James is a superb player. We all know that he is, as most people around the league believe, the best basketball player currently in the world. However, is that enough for him to win the third in a row MVP of the regular season award?
First of all, of course, James is having a decent season. He is playing almost as he used to, averaging 25.7 points per game, 6.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds. Although these numbers are slightly below his career averages, they can’t be considered as bad at all. In fact, with a 58.4 percent on his shooting from the floor and 45.9 percent from three-point distance, it’s clear that LeBron James is rather pickier with his shots than non-productive.
However, he and the Miami Heat currently show that they are going on auto-pilot. They know that they don’t have to push it until the start of the postseason. They don’t have to prove to anyone neither to themselves that they can win, that they can dominate. After all, they are the two-time defending champs and they are one of the strongest favorites to win it all again this season, too.
Sometimes it looks like LeBron James and the Heat are bored. They don’t have a spark when on court, they lack energy and appetite to thrash their opponents, just like they did during the previous season. Of course, the Heat and LeBron are certainly capable to win almost any team, even when they are not playing at their 100 percent.
This lag, however, might cost LeBron the MVP award this season eventually. Not because he won’t be productive or efficient but because there are and there will continue to be much more energetic players this season battling for the MVP title, too.
Paul George is a vivid example. He and the Indiana Pacers have been on a winning frenzy since the start of the season. They have won 17 out of their 19 first games. George is recording a career season up to this point, averaging 24.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting 46.9 percent. In addition, the Pacers’ momentum and their big number in the wins list will certainly push voters to prefer him from LeBron, when it comes to the MVP of the regular season.
What voters look for when they are choosing their favorite player for the MVP is the energy, the dominance and the success he has found in the season, both individually and as a team.
That’s why chances are and if things continue to flow like they currently do, LeBron James gets knocked out of the competition from Paul George in the MVP race. The No.1 seed certainly plays a role for the MVP award. We’ve seen it many times in the past few years that the MVP of the season was a player from the team which held the top seed in one of the two conferences. One way or another, it will definitely be interesting to see how this race evolves.