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LeBron James is the MVP

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Started: 4/9/2017 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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LeBron James should win the Most Valuable Player award for his performance in the 2016-2017 NBA season. The two leading candidates, Russell Westbrook and James Harden are both averaging more points, assist, and Russell has more rebounds than LeBron, but LeBron is much more efficient from the field, has far fewer turnovers, is a better defender, and is the number 1 seed in the eastern conference, Russell's team is the 6th seed and Harden's team is the 3rd seed.


The parameters for what qualifies one as a MVP is so subjective that one can argue it has become a popularity contest. In my opinion, the most valuable person on a valued team is Kawhi Leonard. He has taken on the role of team leader for the San Antonio Spurs during a transitional period in which arguably, the greatest power forward and all around team glue, Tim Duncan retired. The major supporting parts are over the hill and the Spurs have not missed a beat. Leonard is as strong on the defensive end of the floor as the offensive. The Spurs sits in 2nd place overall in the West behind the Golden State Warriors. A team who landed the prized free agent in the off season. Leonard also poses the intangible quality of making the guys around him better. Something that does not show up in the stat sheet.
Some can argue that James and the Cavaliers have under achieved so far this year. They were projected to cake walk through the East to the finals to face the Warriors. The Celtics, as of this post is tied with the Cavs for 1st place in the East. Please understand, before you question my sanity, I believe James to be the best player in the NBA on a consistent basis but best player does not equal MVP.
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Posted by TheBenC 3 years ago
Lebron is the best player every year he plays. That does not make him the MVP every year. The MVP is a popularity contest, who is hot this year, not a contest of who plays the best.

Lebron is above MVPs. He is looking for rings and trophies and solidifying his spot on the all time greatest list. Nobody cares about how many MVPs Magic got. They care about his place in history.
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