LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokić and Stephen Curry. These four men have been the centerpieces of the MVP talk this season.
Why not? After all, all four have been nothing but dominant this season. The King from Akron have been putting up 25.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists in 50.4% shooting from the field and leading the Lakers to the second-best record out in the West at 22-7 record with Anthony Davis missing multiple games due to injury.
“The Process” from Philly has been a beast out in East. Embiid has been averaging 29.7 points (fourth in scoring), 10.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals along with 1.2 blocks while shooting 54.0% from the field and 39.7% from the three-point line. He’s “The Man” for the top team in the East with a 19-10 record.
The Serbian Tank of Denver has also been filling up the stat-sheet all season long. Jokić has been averaging almost a triple-double with 27.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 8.6 assists on 57.0% shooting from the field and 40.2% shooting from deep. He’s the main guy of a Nuggets squad that has a 15-13 record which is currently good for eighth in the West.
Chef Curry is making one of the best comebacks of all time. After dealing with injuries last season, the two-time league MVP has been putting up 30.0 points per game (second leading scorer in the league) on 49.2% shooting from the field and 42.5% shooting from the three along with 5.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.2 steals. He’s been leading the undermanned Golden State Warriors to a 16-13 record this season that puts them in the seventh seed out West.
On top of those four, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant are also all in that conversation.
However, one man has been getting buckets, great numbers and racking up wins but is still unmentioned in the MVP conversation.
The Portland Trailblazers have been one of the best teams in the league this season, and their success the Trailblazers is all thanks to Damian Lillard.
The 30-year-old superstar has been averaging 29.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.1 steals on 45.1% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting from the three-point line. He’s also leading his team in points, assists and time played with 35.9 minutes of action every game.
In their most recent game, Lillard dropped 43 points and 16 assists on 14-28 shooting from the field and 7-16 shooting from the deep. Predictably, he also nailed the ice-cold dagger during Dame Time late in the game to seal the W for Portland.
Experts believe that Lillard should be in that conversation about the MVP because of his stellar play this season.
Lillard himself admitted earlier this season that he does feel like he deserves to be in the running, and that he’s one of the best players in the league this season.
Lillard is having one of his best seasons ever and the fact that his name is not a mainstay in the MVP convo is a basketball crime.
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