Kevin Durant claims LeBron James is the NBA’s MVP as a whole for this 2019-20, while also explaining who will win the 2019/20 season.
The controversy over who should’ve won the regular season MVP for this season has been ripe ever since Giannis Antetokounmpo was honoured with it, over LeBron James.
LeBron James only received 16 first place votes which seemed to have ticked ‘the King’ off, claiming the voters were too distracted by the narrative surrounding Giannis. James also implied that he deserved the MVP just as much as Giannis did.
Kevin Durant recently sat down with Joe Budden on his podcast to discuss this topic, among many others.
Kevin Durant tries to put an end to the 2019-20 MVP discussion
Kevin Durant believes the criteria for MVP should be altered as said, “The criteria is the regular season, I understand. They should evaluate the whole season, Playoffs included.”
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Durant carried on with, “Bron is easily the MVP if you include the Playoffs.” Though it looks like Durant is taking LeBron’s side here, he does end his take by praising Giannis on an unbelievable season, calling his numbers, “crazy”.
Kevin Durant was also asked who he thought was going to win it all and Durant responded with, “the Lakers”
Moreover, the Nets superstar emphasised on how the ‘Bubble ring’ is going to go down as the toughest ring in NBA history.
Is there validity to Kevin Durant’s argument?
If you include the Playoffs in evaluating a season’s MVP, Kevin Durant is absolutely right and the obvious choice would be LeBron James, as Giannis suffered an embarrassing gentleman’s sweep in the 2nd round to the Heat.
Meanwhile LeBron James’s Lakers are just 2 wins away from reaching the NBA Finals.
However, since it is, at the moment, only a regular season award, Giannis did post near otherworldly averages of 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists. So this MVP is very much deserved by Giannis Antetokounmpo.