LeBron James said that he wants to be respected after winning his fourth NBA Finals MVP award, and while that may sound crazy considering most people think of him as one of the greatest players of all time, he may have a valid point.
Sometimes, it feels like we just take LeBron James for granted. He’s been the most consistent, reliable, and dominant player in the NBA for almost two decades now, yet the past 5 years or so, he’s nowhere near the top of the MVP conversation.
That’s why his friend and teammate J.R. Smith believes that people are ‘bored with seeing greatness’ and that’s why he’s not a leading MVP candidate anymore:
“For so long, so many people have been counting on his downfall… He could win MVP every single year. But when they go up there to talk about the conversations, he’s always the third guy. It’s either Giannis or James (Harden). Or Russ or James (Harden). Or this or that person. And ‘oh you could always throw LeBron in there, look at his numbers.’ People get so bored with seeing greatness. It’s disrespectful to an extent. How can you say he’s the best player in the world every year and not give this man MVP? I’ve never understood that. He can go to any team and make a championship run,” Smith said on CBS Sports’ ‘All Things Covered’ Podcast.
Then again, you could also argue that being the best player in the world doesn’t exactly mean that he was also the most valuable player throughout the year. If they made decade-long awards, he’d be leading nearly every category.
People think LeBron James is having an off-year when he’s averaging 25 points per game instead of 27. That’s just how high of a standard they hold him to.
MVP voting is subjective to an extent. Some people are narrative-based voters, others prefer advanced stats. There’s not a truly defined voting criterion, therefore there will never be an objective voter.