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Charles Barkley On The MVP Race: "This Is Gonna Be The Closest Vote Since I Got Robbed By Magic Johnson In 1986-87."

Charles Barkley

The MVP race this season has gone a bit off the rails with many worthy candidates seemingly taking the lead throughout the season. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant seemed like early favorites. Joel Embiid then took over as the obvious choice for a while but the reigning MVP in Nikola Jokic edged him out after some recent struggles for the Philadelphia 76ers

Giannis Antetokounmpo has now made a late surge for the award while the likes of Jayson Tatum, Luka Doncic, Ja Morant, and DeMar DeRozan have also been mentioned in the conversation from time to time. It is anyone's award to win this season, something that the sports media have made amply clear with their takes. But like with several other situations, Charles Barkley has funnily portrayed the scenario, taking a shot at Magic Johnson along the way (via The Dan Patrick Show). 

“This is gonna be, in my opinion, the closest vote since I got robbed by Magic Johnson in 1986-87.”

Charles Barkley led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 8th best record in the NBA, scoring 23 points per game and grabbing an absurd 14.6 rebounds to boot. Magic Johnson had 23.9 points per game and 12.2 assists to his name, with the Lakers boasting the best record in the entire league, so it makes some sense that he would clinch the award. It was also the very first of his three, so he had a fairly big edge over Charles. 

This season is proving to be quite unpredictable when it comes to the awards and there's no way to tell who will claim the MVP at this stage. Devin Booker has become another late entrant into the contending group and if 1986-87 is an indication with the best player on the best team being given the award, he should feel like he has as good a case as anyone else in the consideration.