LeBron James currently has four NBA MVPs, which feels a little odd for someone who feels like they’ve been the best player in the NBA since 2010 or so. Ten years of dominance but 4 MVPs to show for it. Yet, when we consider the true meaning on MVP, is the Most Valuable Player for the regular season. Not overall, not for the playoffs, not who can kick it up at the right time. Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up with the MVP, again, in back to back years. Was he the best player in the regular season? Yes. Is there a problem with the award? Yes.
After a video talking about it, and after trying to figure out how LeBron, once again, didn’t get his 5th MVP, I just came to the realization that the award needs to come out sooner. The votes come in right before the playoffs, so why wait? Why wait to see what happens? That is what truly confuses me about the NBA.
Yet, this doesn’t mean the MVP award is wrong all the time, it’s pretty accurate, usually.
Imagine if this was a starting lineup ? pic.twitter.com/0kQwYelsKv
— StatMuse (@statmuse) September 18, 2020
Since 2000, there have been 5 back-to-back MVPs, as you can see 3/5 are multiple time champs in that time frame. LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Tim Duncan all have 3+ rings, yet, you have the Greek Freak and Steve Nash who both haven’t made the finals. For Giannis, this should be different than Nash, he is only 25 and only getting better, so it is only a matter of time before he takes off and gets that finals appearance at least.
Day 2 YOUTUBE: Another MVP year down the drain for LeBron as Giannis goes BACK-TO-BACK ? ? Did the Greek Freak deserve this 2nd #NBA MVP?!
— Sami Jarjour (@JarjourSami) September 18, 2020
Here are the tweets and Instagram posts used throughout my YouTube video!
Giannis Antetokounmpo at age 25:
??Defensive Player of the Year
??Most Improved Player
This is just the beginning of a legendary career ? pic.twitter.com/rVewjTBGbI
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) September 18, 2020
NBA Players Who Have Won DPOY and MVP In The Same Year:
• 1988: Michael Jordan
• 1994: Hakeem Olajuwon
• 2020: Giannis Antetokounmpo
— ContentNBA (@ContentNBA) September 18, 2020
Giannis 2x MVP pic.twitter.com/EYxsAdUo09
— Don't Forget Breonna Taylor? (@kofxcan) September 18, 2020
From Giannis' MVP celebration last year:
"Please don't call me MVP until I win it again next year."
And he freaking did it. pic.twitter.com/fdZ6LaJQlU
— Nathan Marzion (@nathanmarzion) September 18, 2020
How LeBron looking at Giannis MVP trophy pic.twitter.com/TgYBbdvnGR
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 18, 2020
Lebron won the MVP in 2009 and 2010
In 2009 he lost in the Conference Finals.
In 2010 his 66 win team lost in the 2nd round, same round as Giannis did, to the Celtics.
Lebron still deserved to win MVP then, Giannis still deserves to win it now. It's a Regular Season Award.
— Mike Korzemba (@mikekorz) September 18, 2020
This is why MVP voting should include the playoffs https://t.co/XbDpFFB9di
— Goochie Mayne (@julian87m) September 18, 2020
Congrats to Giannis on winning the MVP.
But we already know who the real MVP is. By the way he's playing tonight. pic.twitter.com/PWGx87YXDG
— LAKERFANATICS (@LAKERFANATICS) September 18, 2020