How does one determine who qualifies to be the NBA’s most valuable player?
A list of candidates based on previous season’s stats seems somewhat futile, as we do not yet know how each of those individual players will perform in the new season. It does depend on how well the player chosen has played during the season the MVP is awarded. LeBron James would be awarded MVP, if basing that decision on his last season’s performance.
King James’ Greatness Can’t Be Disputed
Every NBA fan who may not be a LeBron James fan, knows that when it comes to being the most valuable player, James is leading the way. Scoring 26.8 PPG, with 8.0 RPG, and 7.3 APG, as well as being a part of the NBA 2012-2013 championship team, it would be hard to dispute a prediction stating LeBron will be the MVP this season. Some fans believe if he takes more shots and fewer assists, he would score 40-50 PPG instead of the 26.8. Those that believe that are obviously die-hard LeBron James fans.
However, to play devil’s advocate against the popular opinion dominating NBA fans, let’s look at reasons why King James may not be the MVP this NBA season.
Why LeBron James Won’t Be MVP
Not only is Kevin Durant a viable candidate who placed second last season in the MVP voting, but his stats also match up well with James. Durant scored 28.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 4.6 APG. Motivation will also play a factor in his performance this season. The second-place MVP vote winner may now want to prove that he deserves the title. In the offseason, knowing that he came so close to winning the honor may have fueled his workouts and practice sessions. Durant may have also realized Derrick Rose would be returning, a fact that makes the competition for this coveted title even fiercer.
A Rose by Any Other Name
Derrick Rose, who has previously won MVP over LeBron, would be hard not to notice. This young man’s motivation to prove he deserves all the well-deserved hype that was placed upon his shoulders entering the league can be seen in his preseason efforts. If not for Rose’s unfortunate injury, would LeBron James have won the MVP last season? James’ competition for the title is stacked. His ego can become inflated carrying the title King, which may be his downfall, or may not. Why would a Heat fan play devil’s advocate in predicting who will be this season’s MVP? This fan can recognize the talent across the board and not be blinded by the shine emanating from her favorite team’s MVP. The race to MVP will be exciting, and the return of Derrick Rose has made it a race worth watching.
Another Reason James Won’t Be MVP
Carmelo Anthony is ready for his breakthrough season. He has been in the league just as long as James, but his performance has consistently fell short compared to his longtime friend and competitor. Anthony will be a stand out this 2013-2014 season. He has made himself at home with the Knicks putting up 28.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, and even thought his assists per game are considerably lower than James’ at 2.6, this will change greatly during the upcoming season, because his hard work will inspire his teammates play just as hard. Those teammates may be Knicks or another franchise, since Anthony has opted to be a free agent, but his skills on the court remain excellent and will be an asset to any team.
To be MVP or not to be MVP, for LeBron James is the question that has attracted much talk among NBA fans. Statistics from last season will not be what is used to decide who will win this title. The games beginning October 29th and the players ability on the court will be the determining factor.