Did LeBron James get screwed in the MVP voting? | The Tylt
Did LeBron James get screwed in the MVP voting?
You’re telling me that one of the best NBA players of all time, still playing in his prime, isn’t at least considered for the NBA MVP? Is averaging 26-8-8 not good enough anymore? This is one of the greatest sports injustices EVER.
In the Value Over Replacement Player statistic, a number that literally measures value, two of the top three players this season were MVP candidates Westbrook and Harden. Guess who is number three by that metric, but isn’t making the trip to New York? LeBron Freakin' James.
James puts up MVP numbers every year, but apparently consistent dominance isn't taken into consideration. Having him win the award every year would get repetitive, but that shouldn’t mean he should get shafted if he deserves to be a finalist.
The voters need to get their heads out of their asses. LeBron James should probably be an MVP finalist every year.
Ugh. We get it. LeBron James might be the best player in the league, but the name of the award is “Most VALUABLE Player,” not “Best Player.” While Westbrook, Harden and Leonard often carry their teams, LeBron James can lean on legit stars when he wants to take a break. He has two All-Stars on his team for crying out loud!
Westbrook and Harden are the obvious candidates, but let’s look at Kawhi Leonard. While LeBron is a more developed offensive player, Leonard is often called on to be the San Antonio Spurs best scorer and best defender. His top six finishes in both offensive and defensive win shares netted him 13.6 total win shares for the season. James finished with 12.9.
Yes, James is a great player, but the basketball writers got it right this year.