“Maybe Next Year He Moves Out…”: Hall of Famer’s Audacious LeBron James Claim Shadows Bold MVP Predictions

Published 01/24/2023, 10:10 AM EST
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In year 20 LeBron James seems to be defying all odds. The 38-year-old generational superstar is arguably one of the top players in the league. His legendary longevity sees the star continue to dominate the game. In the past two years, the King has somehow had the best-scoring campaigns of his career. However, he fails to make it into the MVP race despite the monster numbers. The struggling Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the most prominent cause. But despite the narrative, an NBA legend feels James is the best player in the league.

The Purple and Gold are currently out of even the play-in picture. Sitting as the 12th seed, their roster struggles have continued to restrict James’ greatness. Notably, the 18-time All-Star is putting up unimaginable numbers at 38. LeBron James is one of the leading scorers in the NBA averaging 29.8 points per contest.

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He might not be a slashing defender anymore, but his size and IQ continue to make him a danger to any opposition. In a successful season, his name might have been at the top. However, even when his team is down, Metta World Peace believes King James is the MVP.

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Former Lakers forward Ron Artest shocked the NBA world with his recent take. The former Defensive Player of The Year bravely claimed the four-time champion is still the best player in the league. Moreover, he also feels James deserves to be the frontrunner for the MVP award.

According to his tweet, he said, “ I think he is still the best player in league. Maybe next year he moves out top 8 officially”

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As far as the story goes, LeBron James arguably has the case. His Year 20 explosions are a testament to his unwavering consistency. In addition, in a matter of games, he will officially be crowned the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. What the Kid from Akron is doing is beyond what anyone could have expected. Many greats failed to stay healthy or produce at the highest level for a long time. However, LeBron James has done so for two decades.

Then there is a more practical scenario. While James has been exceptional, some superstars are probably beyond. Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic has become a triple-double machine. More importantly, his game has transpired into success for his franchise. Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid are others who fit this category. In their company, James can only compete in terms of numbers. While he continues to play at an MVP level, his season might go down as ‘what could have been’. However, there is still time to turn things around.

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The Lakers have found their motto without Anthony Davis. In addition, the King has entered a different zone since his 38th birthday. If the 17-time champs regain their spot as contenders, nothing will stop James from being among the top names. Currently in the top 10 rankings, do you think James can turn it around and add a fifth trophy to his case? Or will it have to be next year like Meeta World Peace believes? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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