LeBron James wants one more MVP award. It's been eight seasons since his last. He was still in his 20s.
With the way this season is unfolding and the way he is playing, this might be the Los Angeles Lakers star’s best last chance – and last best chance – to win the MVP trophy.
Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant has missed too much time. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid is sidelined with an injury. Giannis Antetokounmpo – as well as he’s starting to play – won’t win a third consecutive MVP. Brooklyn’s James Harden is making a push, and Kyrie Irving’s season can’t be overlooked.
Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is doing Kawhi Leonard things. Steph Curry will drag Golden State into the playoffs with his shooting, and Portland’s Damian Lillard has been spectacular. Denver’s Nikola Jokic is among the leading candidates for the award, and Miami’s Jimmy Butler may have missed too many games, also, but he has been outstanding.
And that leaves James, who at 36 years old is carrying the Lakers without injured Anthony Davis
The Lakers lost four of five games when Davis was ruled out with an Achilles injury but have won six of eight since, and James has averaged 26.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8 assists and shot 55.1% from the field during that span. Overall, his assists are down from last season but his scoring and shooting is up.
Even without Davis, the Lakers have remained the No. 1 defense in the league and have gained ground on Utah for the top spot in the Western Conference.
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