‘Dominate the Game at the Highest Level’ – Lakers’ Markieff Morris Explains Why LeBron James is the Front Runner for MVP

Published 03/18/2021, 8:11 AM EDT
Feb 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington (23) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is playing at the highest level right now. Despite being 36 years of age, James is still playing some of the best basketball of his career. He and the Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to defend their 2020 NBA championship this season. Currently, James is one of the front runners for the 2021 NBA MVP title.

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Markieff backs LeBron James for MVP

LA Lakers’ Markieff Morris spoke to ESPN’s Allen Silwa recently. He discussed LeBron James‘ performances this season. Morris believes that LeBron James is the frontrunner for the MVP this season. No one is doing what James has been able to do this season. To be able to play at the level he has in order to keep the Lakers afloat is incredible.

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Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) positions teammates during the seconds quarter against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Morris said, “He’s 36, coming off of a championship season with a month, maybe two to relax and get back into a season. And basically do something that has never been done in NBA history. Missed one game in the entire season so far and still dominates the game at the highest level.” 

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‘The King’ is aiming for the fifth NBA MVP and championship

Morris added that he doesn’t see any other player on the level of James this season. James has been carrying the Lakers this season, and they have maintained an excellent record so far. Furthermore, he has been doing all this in the absence of Anthony Davis, who is out with an injury.

Mar 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) as center Myles Turner (33) derends during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Morris said, “How can you not put him as the number one guy for the MVP? Still carrying his team, still top of the West… I know we don’t have the best record but we have AD who has been out for 10-11 games now. But we still chop forward and compete with the best teams. He had triple-doubles back-to-back nights. I don’t see how he cannot be the front runner for MVP.”

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Can LeBron James win his fifth MVP title? Currently, he is one of the front runners for the accolade. However, there are several other candidates playing at a level similar to James. LeBron will have to improve even more in order to stand out from the rest to win the title this season. James could tie Michael Jordan for the second-most MVP titles in NBA history?

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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