Add NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas to those who believe that Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James deserves to be named the MVP of the 2019-20 NBA regular season campaign.
In an appearance on the latest episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast, the former Detroit Pistons great shared his two cents on the ongoing LeBron versus Giannis Antetokounmpo debate.
“Giannis has been the frontrunner the whole year. But I thought before the season was suspended LeBron and the Lakers, they were making their move,” the two-time NBA champion said.
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"Giannis has been the frontrunner the whole year. But I thought before the season was suspended LeBron and the Lakers, they were making their move."
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Stats wise, you can’t go wrong with either James or Antetokounmpo since both of them pretty much do everything for their respective teams, the Lakers and Bucks.
The 35-year-old LeBron continues to stuff the stat sheet in his 17th season, averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and a league-leading 10.6 assists per contest for the Lakers. The Greek Freak, meanwhile, has gotten better from his MVP season last year, tallying 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds 5.8 assists, 1 steal and 1 block per game.
The Lakers (49-14) and the Bucks (53-12) also topped their respective conferences prior to the suspension of the season and were the first two teams to clinch a playoff spot.
Thomas, however, cited that the Lakers were playing better basketball before the break and appeared to be garnering enough steam to overtake the Bucks for the best record in the league.
“They (Lakers) were only two games in the loss column behind the Milwaukee Bucks. And Milwaukee and Giannis at that time — Giannis was a little banged up and Milwaukee wasn’t playing as well and I made the point that if the Lakers finish even or with a better record than the Milwaukee Bucks then you have to say LeBron James is the MVP of the League,” he said.
It remains unclear when (and if) the season resumes, but LeBron and Giannis certainly both deserve the nod after setting an exemplary standard this season for the Lakers and Bucks. Whoever wins, fans will surely be in for one of the closest MVP races in recent memory.