The majority of the NBA awards for the 2019-20 season have been given out already, with some Lakers already being spurned for others around the league. Frank Vogel finished fifth in Coach of the Year voting, while Anthony Davis finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting. Nick Nurse and Giannis Antetokounmpo won those awards, respectively (Davis was later awarded a selection to the first-team NBA All-Defense). There is still the All-NBA teams to be announced, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis both being apart of one of those three teams if not both players on the first team. LeBron will be in the running for an additional award, the highly-coveted MVP award that he has won four times in his career. The last time he won, however, was in the 2012-13 season, with Kyle Kuzma letting everyone know on Twitter that Kuz thinks LeBron should get his fifth this season.
Yo media, imma tell y’all this. If y’all mess up this MVP like you did the DPOY. We gonna have issues fr. https://t.co/WdAOWF5tVt
— kuz (@kylekuzma) September 9, 2020
LeBron James will be up for the award, going against Giannis Antetokounmpo who will try to become the first NBA player to win MVP and DPOY in the same year since Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94 season) and Michael Jordan (1987-88 season). The MVP conversation was much more potent in March before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, as LeBron was playing his best basketball of the year and had just led the Lakers to wins over the Clippers and Giannis’ Bucks, two teams the Lakers had only struggled with previously. Once the season returned, it was revealed that the eight seeding games would not impact award voting, leaving LeBron’s chances to build on his MVP case all the way back in March.
Kuzma and others have now brought up the topic again as the award will be announced soon, with Giannis and his Bucks being eliminated from the playoffs after a 4-1 series loss to the Miami Heat. LeBron and the Lakers seem to be peaking at the same time, as they will try and take a 3-1 series lead tonight over the Houston Rockets. Kuzma isn’t afraid to also say that the “media” messed up the DPOY award, a stance he has already taken in Instagram comments.
Kuz thinks AD should have won a certain other award 🤔 pic.twitter.com/71ch9r3yyc
— Lakers Outsiders (@LakersOutsiders) September 8, 2020