As the reigning 2x MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo has to be considered in the running for basketball’s best active player. With season averages of 29 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game on 55.7% shooting, the Greek Freak is certainly putting up some impressive numbers.
But, as she pointed out in a chat with the media, there’s one glaring reason why LeBron, not himself, deserves the status as the best — at least, for now.
“For sure, I think he’s one of the best players in the league. There’s no doubt. He’s a Champion. As long as you’re the Champion, you’re the best player in the league. I don’t care who’s the MVP, who’s the leading scorer of the NBA. If you’re a Champion and you’re the best team, I think you’re the best player in the world.”
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) March 7, 2021
Giannis has failed to prove himself in the playoffs so far, getting bounced before the Finals multiple times over the past few years. As good as he is from October to April, what good is it without a single title to his name?
LeBron, who is coming off his fourth Championship (which he won at 35-years-old), continues to prove time and time again why he’s such a special and rare talent in the game.