LeBron James had 28 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists in 35 minutes. Only George and Leonard played more minutes in a game dominated by a 35-year-old phenom. Anthony Davis saw enough Sunday to declare James as this year's MVP, over the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
It is hard to argue with Davis' logic. James is averaging 25.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and a staggering 10.7 assists in his age 35 season, practically unprecedented numbers for a player with as much mileage as LeBron.
Some fans may also be shocked to remember that the all-time great has only won the MVP Award four times. He has just been so good it is easy to look for others to hand the MVP to and take James for granted. AD thinks LeBron has done enough to earn the award this year, and with Giannis sidelined by injury, perhaps the King can overthrow the Bucks superstar in the race.
James' absence derailed the Lakers last year and it is clear he is the leader of the team over someone like Davis, despite AD besting him in various statistical categories. Davis would be the first to tell you that LeBron is the Lakers' engine, and he is vouching for his main man with his MVP vote.