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Paul Pierce did not hesitate to name Giannis Antetokounmpo as NBA MVP 201
Appears on ESPN’s NBA Countdown, Quoted Pierce Antetokounmpo’s season-long dominance as the main reason why he deserves glory over James (starts at 5:55).
Antetokounmpo seemed to be in control of the MVP award from the beginning of the season. He was in the middle of a historic year when the NBA canceled the game in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Milwaukee Bucks superstar averaged 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game for the team with the league’s best record (53-12).
Both players may be able to resolve the MVP debate in games later this summer. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne reported that the NBA’s board is expected to approve a return-to-play plan for late July on Thursday.
Per basket reference, Antetokounmpos 31.63 Player Efficiency Rating 2019-20 is the seventh highest single season mark in NBA history.
James began to close the MVP gap before the game was paused. He has the Los Angeles Lakers who sit atop the Western Conference standings (49-14) and lead the league with a career-high 10.6 assists per game, along with 25.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest.
In consecutive wins over the Bucks on March 6 and the Los Angeles Clippers on March 8, James put up a combined 65 points, 17 assists, 16 rebounds and shot 19 of 38 from the field.