Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was named as one of the NBA’s three finalists for its 2019-20 MVP award.
The three finalists for #KiaMVP… @Giannis_An34, @JHarden13 and @KingJames! pic.twitter.com/ORuBapQO9n
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After missing the postseason for the first time in 13 years last season, James has elevated his game to the next level with his superstar teammate Anthony Davis. James is averaging 25.3 points while shooting 49 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. In addition to his astonishing scoring numbers, James leads the NBA in assists at 10.3 per game this season.
Due to his spectacular performances, James had led the Lakers to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Lakers currently own a record of 51-17, already clinching the No. 1 seed on Monday with their win over the Utah Jazz.
Even if James doesn’t win it this season, he said in a recent interview that he showed the league what he’s capable of.
“As far as the MVP race I think I’ve shown what I’m capable of doing,” he said. “Not only individually, but from a team perspective with us being No. 1 in the West.
Other NBA MVP finalists also include Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston Rockets superstar James Harden. Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 30 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists per game, has also made a great case to win the MVP award.
Nevertheless, the league announced that the eight seeding games in Orlando won’t count toward award races, so all votes have been cast based on games played before the NBA’s restart. Winners are set to be announced during the 2020 NBA playoffs.