Debating is natural to sports fans. And odds are, if you are reading this, you are a sports fan. Lots of fans think that their opinions in debates are superior, however some fans just don’t know enough to make a good point.
For this year’s NBA Awards, no winner is clear. Who will win MVP? Giannis Antetokounmpo or LeBron James? Who will win Sixth Man of The Year? Could it be Lou Williams or Montrezl Harrel? This article will tell you all that you need to know to be set for this year’s NBA Awards.
With this year’s NBA season moving to Disney World, things are going to change. Some would say that the Orlando Magic have an advantage because everyone will play in Orlando, but others would argue that no 8 seed can make a run for it in the postseason. The playoffs will be interesting to watch, however there are eight regular-season games that are played before it. These eight games are extremely important because they will determine the playoff rankings. Yes, the games each team has fought for all season long will count, but there are still eight more to be played.
Each year after the playoffs, the NBA awards ceremony is held. The best players from around the league are commemorated for their feats during the year. Awards such as “Most Valuable Player” and “Sixth Man of the Year” are given out to the players that best fit that category. This year, the MVP debate is between Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James. Here is the rundown of this matchup:
The case for Giannis (29.6 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 5.8 APG): There is a reason that fans call Giannis Antetokounmpo “The Greek Freak”. His Bucks have been near/at the top of the league ever since he hit his prime. He won MVP last year, but that definitely does not mean he can win it again. He does not carry his teammates, but he is a massive contributor to the dominant Bucks team.
The case for LeBron (25.7 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 10.6 APG): The award is for the most valuable player, not the best. LeBron James is hands-down one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game, and slowly aging will not slow him down. He has shown that he can win MVP before not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR TIMES. He may not have better stats than Giannis, but he is a leader and veteran who helps his team.
My pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo. It all comes down to: if (insert player here) left the team, how would they fare without him? Without Giannis, the Bucks would be a middle-of-the-pack team in the Eastern Conference. Without LeBron, the Lakers would still have Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma (and Alex Caruso) to keep the team at the top of the West.
The sixth man of the year award is always interesting. It usually goes to players like Lou Williams (above, right) or Eric Gordon, a three-point sharpshooter for the Rockets. This year Lou Williams in in the running again, but it will be close between him and his teammate, Montrezl Harrell (above, middle).
The clippers have always had depth, but their bench has not been like this zero a long time. Both Harrell and Williams are averaging exactly 18.6 points per game! Harrell is a forward, so naturally he grabbed more rebounds and Williams is a guard, so he dished out more assists.
The case for Lou Williams (18.6 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.1 RPG): Williams has been a sharpshooter his whole career, and is one of the most consistent players in the NBA. If there were 3 seconds left and either Williams or Montrezl Harrell has to take the shot, the answer would definitely be Williams. He is very clutch when he needs to be, and the only reason he is not starting is because the Clippers’ starting lineup is stacked.
The case for Montrezl Harrell (18.6 PPG, 1.7 APG, 7.1 RPG): Harrell is a beast in the paint. If he was not on the Clippers he would be a starter. He reminds me of Bam Adebayo, the Miami Heat’s starting center. They both can play down low or shoot. Plus, can Lou Williams really win the award two years in a row? Harrell is a lot more dominant than Williams, but will the voters notice that?
My pick: Montrezl Harrell. He may average the same number of points per game as Williams, but he is overall a better player.
Things can definitely change through the rest of the season, but these are my picks for the two biggest NBA awards.
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