The regular season MVP of the 2019-20 season is destined to be controversial. Between Antetokounmpo and James, the NBA still chose the former, but Antetokounmpo's consecutive awards are in stark contrast to the Bucks' consecutive eliminations in the playoffs. "Clutch Points" reporter Mike Cruz also wrote an analysis and concluded that James should be elected the regular season MVP better than Antetokounmpo.
2019-20赛季的常规赛MVP注定是有争议的。在Antetokounmpo和James之间，NBA仍然选择了前者，但是Antetokounmpo的连续获奖与雄鹿在季后赛中的连续淘汰形成了鲜明的对比。 《关键点》记者麦克·克鲁兹（Mike Cruz）也写了一篇分析报告，得出结论认为詹姆斯应该当选常规赛MVP胜过Antetokounmpo。
James recently expressed his dissatisfaction with the MVP vote this season. Of course, he said that he had no objection to Antetokounmpo's election as MVP. He was just dissatisfied that he only got 16 first votes (101 in total), while the "Greek Monster" got 85 first votes.
In fact, even if James said he would be angry for not winning the fifth MVP trophy, it is excusable because the award should belong to him. In the MVP vote of the 2019-20 season, he should have overtaken Antetokounmpo.
The controversy first comes from Antetokounmpo, that is, is the regular season MVP just an award related to the regular season? From all aspects of this year's regular season, Antetokounmpo does have an advantage over James.
In almost all technical statistics, Antetokounmpo's data is stronger than James, and he led the Bucks to win the first place in the NBA this season, and James' Lakers ranked second in the league and first in the Western Conference.
The reason why the voters let Antetokounmpo win with such a huge advantage is that the regular season performance is the biggest reason. The undeniable fact is that Antetokounmpo did dominate the regular season this season. But like this previous MVP vote, other factors should have been considered in the vote, such as the so-called topicality, or gimmick.
has won the MVP 4 times for James this season, of course it is a topic (or a gimmick), but we still have to dig deeper.
Before this season's suspension, James played in 60 games, averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists, and shooting 49.8%. This is the proper MVP data. James is also the engine of the Lakers' offense. He averaged 10.2 assists per game this season and was elected as the assist king for the first time in his career.
What’s even more impressive is that he is 35 years old this year and is in the 17th season of his career. This is simply crazy. Most of the players who entered the league with James either retired or had a greatly reduced influence on the game. Only James is an alternative.
In addition, what is more persuasive for James is that he led the Lakers to first place in the West, and the competitive environment in the West is more cruel than the East. At the same time, James led a newly formed lineup to win the first place in the Western Conference, and many new faces were added before the start of the season. And Antetokounmpo led this season is a lineup that also won the league's top spot in the 2018-19 season.
Finally, judging from the playoffs this year, James is still the best player today. The Lakers now have a good chance to win the championship and also played dominance during the 2020 playoffs. Today, James is only 6 wins away from his fourth championship in his career and the 17th championship in Lakers history.
At the same time, Antetokounmpo and the Bucks are already on vacation. Despite playing dominance in the regular season, the Bucks did not even make the finals, and fell at the feet of the Heat in the second round. Antetokounmpo certainly failed to play MVP-level performance, and this is one of the reasons why the Bucks this year's playoff tour is disappointing.
People always look forward to the next king, and look forward to finding an heir as soon as possible, but now this is still a league belonging to James. He is still the undisputed number one in the league today. Looking at his game and the way he leads the Lakers, we should have discovered this earlier.