Lakers Teammate Believes Anthony Davis will Win MVP Ahead of LeBron James

Published 12/04/2020, 2:05 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) celebrates after making a three pointer during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


During the 2017-18 MVP voting, Anthony Davis finished third. He had a stellar season with the New Orleans Pelicans, but he lost to the scoring champion, James Harden. But in the upcoming season with the Lakers, teammate Jared Dudley is putting his money on AD to win it.

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“I’m expecting AD to go for the MVP,” Dudley said. “I’m expecting him to set the tone. We know LeBron, his years playing in this league, and the accolades he has, but AD doesn’t have some of those accolades. He has the talent, he has the determination, so I’m expecting AD to set the tone early. There might be games he has to miss on back-to-backs, that’s okay, but he’s 27, he should have been Defensive Player of the Year. He’s the future, and he’s the now.”

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis celebrates with forward LeBron James after a play during the third quarter against the Miami Heat in game one of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, AD finished 6th in the MVP voting, while teammate LeBron James finished 2nd. But Dudley believes Davis can jump ahead of LeBron for the upcoming season.

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Does playing alongside LeBron James hamper Anthony Davis’ chances at MVP?

The last time there were two serious MVP candidates on the same team, it was coincidentally at the Lakers. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal finished 3rd and 5th respectively, during the 2002-03 season. They pushed each other to greatness and were two of the best players in the league at that time.

AD and LeBron are very similar to them. By virtue of being the best player in the league, LeBron is automatically in MVP conversations every season. So could this hamper Davis’ shot at his first MVP award?

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) holds the Finals trophy after 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 Sports

LeBron might be getting older, but he is showing no signs of stopping. He is expected to have a great season and will receive MVP votes. It is very likely that Davis will outperform James, but the media bias for LeBron will affect Davis’ campaign.

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But when it comes to playing together on the court, playing alongside LeBron is only going to boost Davis’ performance. The four-time MVP knows how to get the best out of his teammates. Last season, LeBron made Davis’ job simple by creating the best chances for him and helping him to dominate the opponents, especially in the paint.

So there is a very good chance that Dudley’s prediction will come true and Davis will win his first MVP trophy.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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