December 30th, UPDATE: We’ve seen James’ odds to win MVP fluctuate a bit over the course of December. But King James has the Lakers in the hunt for the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA and is still putting up prime numbers despite being in 16th season at age 35. It still seems like an uphill battle for him to win another MVP award. As long as Giannis and the Bucks remain in first, and Harden and Doncic keep putting on offensive displays on playoff contenders, James will have a tough case for MVP.
December 11th, UPDATE: James actually had a better night than Anthony Davis for once! LeBron helped the Lakers close out a victory over the Magic by notching a triple-double, scoring 25 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. We’ll see if this helps his odds remain ahead of Davis, who had a decent night by his standards as well, scoring 16 points with 12 rebounds and six assists in the win.
December 9th, UPDATE: The Lakers continue to roll through the West, coming off a blowout 142-125 win over the Timberwolves on Sunday. LeBron dropped another 32 points with 13 assists and four boards, shooting 6-of-8 from downtown in the victory. He was overshadowed a bit, however, by teammate Anthony Davis, who had 50 points. The two combined for over 70 points, the first Lakers teammates to do so since Shaq and Kobe. We’ll see if LeBron moves up at all or if Davis starts to close the gap on odds to win MVP.
December 7th, UPDATE: James and the Lakers made easy work of the Trail Blazers on Friday night with King James outdueling banana boat buddy Carmelo Anthony. James scored 31 points with seven rebounds and eight assists in the win, boosting the Lakers to 20-3 atop the Western Conference. He got some help from Anthony Davis (39 points), who probably improved his MVP odds, but James was special at both ends, finished +21 in the game.
After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006, LeBron James has the Los Angeles Lakers in pretty good position to make it to the postseason in 2019-20. The Lakers enter Friday 19-3, the best record in the Western Conference and tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for best in the NBA. James has some help in the form of All-Star Anthony Davis this season, which is clearly paying dividends in his quest for another title and NBA MVP award.
LeBron hasn’t won MVP in a while. His last time taking home the hardware was back in 2012-13 when he was on the Miami Heat. He had won four of five MVP awards from 2008-2013, but hasn’t been able to beat out the likes of Stephen Curry, James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo most recently.
This may not be LeBron’s most impressive statistical season, but he’s on pace to set a new career high in assists per game (10.8), playing more point guard. He’s still putting up 25.4 points per game, though his FG% (49.8) is on pace to be his lowest since 2014-15. LeBron is one of the most versatile players in the history of the League, so I don’t think stats will hinder him much in consideration for MVP.
Ahead of him are Giannis (-125), Luka Doncic (+425) and James Harden (+500) to win MVP.