Let the MVP discussions begin. On Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, LeBron James made a statement to the league that he is coming for his third straight NBA MVP and championship. King James poured in 61 points, while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing five assists.
With James appearing to be charging harder than ever, the earlier talk of Kevin Durant having wrapped up the award is not so cut and dry anymore. James is averaging 27.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game, with a PER of 30.37. Durant’s numbers across the board are slightly better. He’s averaging 31.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game, with a PER of 30.44. James is trailing in points, rebounds and PER, but has the 61-point statement game, as well as the dismantling of Oklahoma City in the latest head-to-head contest (Feb. 20).
There is also the argument that Durant is doing more with less. He carried the team while Russell Westbrook rehabbed from an injury.
Then there are the voters. Will they have “King James fatigue” when it comes time to cast the ballots, or will they view him as the champ until someone delivers a real knockout punch? Durant might have the better stat line, but it’s not exactly blowing James’ out of the water.
In an attempt to predict this year’s Most Valuable Player, we want to know who you think will bring home the honor at the end of the season. Taking into account the future, do you think James will continue to reassert himself as the league’s MVP, or will Durant hold on for the win?
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