‘LeBron’s Not Gonna Win’: NBA Analyst Explains Why Luka Doncic Will Win MVP

Published 12/21/2020, 7:00 AM CST
Dec 17, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Doncic is the apple of everyone’s eye in the NBA. After his heroics last season, fans expect even bigger things for him. Many analysts, fans, and pundits are already declaring him as the favorite win the 2021 NBA MVP Award.

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Nick Wright is on Luka Doncic bandwagon too

Popular sports TV personality, Nick Wright, is also putting all his money in the Slovenian’s basket.

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“Luka is going to be the league MVP.”

He believes that there are four standout players in the NBA who can clinch the gong next season. So he began to cross them out one by one in favor of the Mavericks’ star. Coming to ‘King James’ first, he said

“When it comes to MVP, LeBron‘s not gonna win it. I don’t know if he’s going to play enough. They are done letting LeBron win MVP, he will win Finals MVPs instead.”

Then came his partner in crime, Anthony Davis. But nobody will anoint him the MVP of the league when he isn’t even the MVP of his own team –

“It’s just hard for voters to be like ‘I am going to vote for a guy who I believe in my heart but isn’t the most important player on the team’. So that’s two of your best four players in the league crossed out.”

Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) celebrate during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, coming to the ‘Greek Freak’, he is making more valid points. Nobody since Larry Bird has won the award three times in a row. And he did the 3-peat only because he won the NBA Title with the Celtics in between. However, Giannis is yet to prove he’s a winning player.

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Giannis is out! Giannis could average 40,15 and 8… if I don’t look at Bucks as the massive overwhelming favorites, I don’t understand the numbers, as people were trying to tell me last year. There’s no chance he’s winning it again.”

Aug 23, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) reacts after being called for a foul against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball first-round playoff game at Advent health Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Hence, it leaves the 2019 Rookie of the Year as the leading contender for the prestigious award, “Like Luka vs LeBron. Luka’s gonna average better everything than LeBron in the regular season. Last year, he averaged more points, more rebounds, and almost as many assists… So I think Luka is going to be the MVP.”

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But how far can he really go this season? He still has some upside. His 3-point shooting was below average last year. If he backs with a more efficient jumper, he will rule the league, at least in the regular season.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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