With the NBA announcing that the upcoming eight seeding games won't count toward NBA regular-season awards, the race for NBA MVP has officially hit the voting stage, meaning it has likely come down to Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.

LeBron could be on his way to winning a fifth NBA MVP putting him in elite company, and his Lakers teammate Anthony Davis thinks the veteran forward has earned it this season. Davis spoke to the media on Tuesday about the prospect of winning MVP and why he believes his teammate is deserving.

“The things he's doing at his age,” Davis said of LeBron's season. “He's playing like one of his best years. Top team in the West. The things he's able to do on the floor, especially when everybody was saying he washed and should hang it up and all this.

“Then just even be in this race at his age at this point in his career and for me to see it every night and the things he does on a consistent basis. Not in stretches – three games here and four games there, but he does it every night. He's been doing it his whole career. I think it's a good argument for him to be MVP.”

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The league announced on Tuesday that media voting for the regular-season awards for the 2019-20 campaign would begin on July 21 and end on July 28 before the start of the eight seeding games on July 30. The winners of these NBA awards will be announced on TNT at some point during the playoffs.

The Lakers not only have LeBron contending for one of the major awards, but the team could see multiple awards go their way. The NBA Defensive Player of the Year will be interesting as well, with Davis expected to be a finalist along with Coach of the Year with Frank Vogel potentially being a top candidate.

The Lakers will definitely be interested to see how the results turn out and whether their two superstars and new head coach come out on top after an incredible regular season for the purple and gold.