Magic Johnson lists his 5 MVP candidates with a surprise rival making the cut
Magic Johnson, a former player who himself makes it into the top 5 greatest players to ever play the games lists of fans across the world, gave his take on who the MVP candidates of this season are right now. The Los Angeles Lakers legend tweeted this list yesterday, finishing it off with a surprising twist:
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 21, 2021
At 36 years old, it is impressive how Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James continues to enter the MVP discussion season after season. His performance so far has been stellar, as he has averaged a solid 23.7 points a game along with 7.9 rebounds, and 7.5 assists a game. Currently, the Lakers are tied with the Clippers in first place in the Western Conference, as they are in a great spot to potentially repeat this season.
Johnson also put his money on the big men Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic to possibly be the MVP this season. It is not a surprise that the two of the most versatile centers made the Hall-of-Famer’s list, as Embiid and Jokic have the ability to change the momentum of any game they play in.
Embiid has averaged 26.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists a game while shooting 54.4% from the field and 36.8% from the 3-point land. Jokic has arguably been more efficient than Embiid for the Denver Nuggets, as his triple-double average (25.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 10.0 assists a game) is making a strong case for him being this year’s MVP if his team can rack up more wins.
Kevin Durant, who is now healthy after suffering a torn Achilles that kept him out for all of last season, has come back stronger than ever. Shooting 53.4% from the field along with 46.6% from beyond the arc, Durant has averaged 31.3 points a game so far, along with 7.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Second in the league in points per game, Durant has constantly reminded the NBA that he is one of the most lethal offensive players the game has ever seen, and a possible MVP trophy may be coming his way.
Lastly, it is nice to see the Lakers icon include a player from his rival team back in the day, as Jaylen Brown made it on the list. Brown has consistently improved every season by a significant amount, making fans wonder where talent will be capped off. The Celtics are currently third in the Eastern Conference, and they could not have done it without Brown’s 25.8 points a game and incredible offensive efficiency on a consistent basis.