The MVP title should go to the best individual in the NBA, which is undoubtably LeBron James, asserts Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times. He claims that LeBron is playing better than ever during his career, currently heading to his seventh-consecutive NBA finals. The way that LeBron can grab a game by the scruff of the neck and turn it around is an unparalleled skill, holds Jones. His ability to stay at his peak and constantly hunger for more success sets him apart from all others. Statistics are a flawed way of measuring success, and LeBron’s performances mean he deserves the MVP award.
LeBron James’s undoubted quality does not make up for his inferior stats this season compared to James Harden and Russell Westbrook, argues Nick Schwartz of Fox Sports. He highlights that the two of them have set themselves apart with groundbreaking performances. Arguments that LeBron was held back by his team don’t hold weight as Harden outperformed him with less All-Stars. He has also never averaged a triple-double like Westbrook does this season. LeBron’s reputation should not put him on the MVP shortlist, holds Schwartz. His performances haven’t merited it in the face of superior competitors.