‘Never Know All the Politics’: Lakers’ Anthony Davis Backs LeBron James for MVP

Published 02/12/2021, 1:40 AM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is still going strong at age 36. James has entered his 18th NBA season with a fury, playing some of the best basketball of his career.

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The reigning Finals MVP is on an absolute roll, as he has led the Los Angeles Lakers to one of the best records in the NBA. His performances have sparked MVP considerations, and one teammate thinks it is absolutely deserved.

Anthony Davis gives MVP endorsement for LeBron

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Anthony Davis spoke to the press after the Lakers’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He believes that LeBron James should win the MVP award this season.

However, given the contentious nature of the MVP voting, he doesn’t know if he will but reaffirmed that he deserves to win. It is a significant stamp of approval from a quality teammate and player.

James has easily been the best player for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. So far this season, James has averaged 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.

Anthony Davis has had a slow start to the season, and hence, James has had to step up his play to another level. Currently, he has played every game the Lakers have had so far and played heavy minutes.

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James starting and playing every game so far comes as a surprise. Given the short turnaround between the NBA Finals and the start of the new season, many expected James to sit out the first part of the season. Additionally, James himself suggested that he would be ‘cherry-picking’ the games he played in the earlier part of the season. But that hasn’t been the case.

LeBron James playing all the games

Feb 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts during overtime against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

At age 36, there is a worry that LeBron James may be over-exerting himself in the early part of the season. Him playing these many minutes could hinder his performances during the latter stages of the season, where his presence will be required the most.

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The Lakers must be careful and convince LBJ to take some rest as they enter crunch time.

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Can LeBron James win the MVP? If he does, it would put him in elite company alongside Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to win five or more MVP trophies in their career.

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James was a favorite to win it last season, but the trophy was given to Giannis Antetokounmpo instead. And James may be looking to redeem that fact.

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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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