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Giannis Says LeBron Still Best In The World, Who Wins NBA MVP in 2020-21?

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In a recent interview with Harris Stavrou, Giannis said, “Kobe told me to sacrifice if I want to win and be great. LeBron is the best in the world. MVP is another story. I can tell that he is the best and my idol. He is 17 years in the league.”

Giannis admitting that LeBron is still the best player in the world should tell us everything we need to know about the MVP award, but we’ll let that go for now. What’s important here is the possibility of LeBron James winning MVP in what would be his 18th season. If LeBron does ultimately win MVP again next season, the rest of the league should probably work on getting better because this is getting ridiculous.

Here are my predictions for the 2020-21 MVP award. I know they’re going to upset literally everyone.

3. LeBron James

While LeBron certainly wants to grab a fifth MVP for his trophy case, he understands the bigger picture. For James, winning the MVP is nothing but a cherry on top of a perfect season. If LeBron wins Finals MVP by season’s end, he gets the last laugh and all the credit. That’s why I have him at three. He simply doesn’t need to win MVP anymore for validation.

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Voter fatigue has always come into play for the NBA MVP. After back-to-back MVPs, the Greek Freak will still be great next year, but it’s time to crown a new champion. Michael Jordan and LeBron James never won three straight, so Giannis probably shouldn’t either.

1. Damian Lillard

Most NBA fans don’t think about Damian Lillard as an MVP. They should. Lillard excels at everything that today’s NBA rules encourage: shooting, free-throws (he’s near 90% every year), and roster construction that takes away double-team opportunities for defenders. The Portland Trailblazers have made big time acquisitions, like sharp-shooter Robert Covington, this offseason that will create more space for our future MVP to operate.

He’ll fly under the radar, since the Blazers barely squeaked into the 2020 playoffs after struggling with injuries all season. Next year, that won’t be enough to help Portland climb the standings and boost Lillard’s MVP case. Lillard will have to help his team win games at a high clip if he wants to be MVP.

Don’t be shocked when Damian Lillard adds some hardware to his trophy case. I tried to warn you.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. The GOAT? LeBron James couldn’t hold Bill Russell’s jock strap, not to mention Michael Jordan’s. He plays in a watered down league of 3 point lobs and lack of inside big men. An argument could be made that LBJ isn’t even a top 5 all-time player. In that argument, social media hype is irrelevant.

    He is the most hated (and over-hyped) NBA player in history for many reasons. His legacy will age as well as the Sega Genesis console sitting in my attic.

  2. Lillard huh? I agree that Giannis is not winning it regardless that he earns it. If the Bucks at least make the Finals he’ll be back in good graces of the voters for future consideration. I think Luka and AD need serious consideration also. And who knows with KD this season? So I’m going with Luka/AD for 1 and 2. AD was great in the postseason, now has his own sheen.

    Lebron gets more days off than the other candidates: age, quick turnaround, long playoff run. Lakers also have a prime ballhandler option in Shroder. I think Lebron ends up around 5th in voting.

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