Video: Lakers’ LeBron James references Marc Gasol in flawed NBA award voting process
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James turned the clock all the way back to 2013 to argue his case about how the NBA awards voting system is completely flawed. LeBron really brought up the time the league awarded then-Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol as the Defensive Player of the Year award over him.
James won the Most Valuable Player of the Year trophy during the 2012-13 season, following an amazing campaign with the Miami Heat. However, LeBron firmly believes that he should have also bagged the DPOY award that same season, had it not been for the broken voting system:
“I had a chance to be defensive player of the year and also MVP in the same season,” via Ben Golliver of the Washington Post (h/t NBA Central). “In that year Marc Gasol was rewarded defensive player of the year, but he made 2nd team all-defense.”
Fair point from LeBron here. How could the best defender in the league not even make it to the first-team All-Defense? As a matter of fact, Gasol came in third in the voting for the All-Defense team that year. Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler tied for the votes for the center spot, which prompted the league to name both guys in the first team.
Just recently, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was awarded with his second consecutive MVP trophy. This follows his Defensive Player of the Year win a few weeks ago, which now makes him just the third player to win both individual accolades in the same season. The 25-year-old joins two other greats in Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon in this exclusive list.
Clearly, LeBron firmly believes that he should have already been part of this group.