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Magic Johnson: 'LeBron James Is The MVP, Anthony Davis Is The Defensive Player Of The Year'

(via Bleacher Report)

(via Bleacher Report)

The L.A. Lakers spent years at the bottom of the Western Conference before acquiring LeBron James in 2018. With his arrival, came the potential for greatness and the Lakers went from bottom-feeders to title contenders almost overnight.

Fast forward one year and the Lakers still have yet to earn that elusive Chip, but former superstar guard Magic Johnson still believes LeBron and Davis are the best players in the game and when he made his selections for the annual NBA season awards, both players made an appearance on the list.

He also included Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on his list of candidates for executive of the year.

Considering the dramatic turnaround of the Lakers, and the numbers being put up by Bron and AD, it seems more than reasonable to include them in the race for MVP and DPOY.

James, at 35-years-old, is averaging 25.7 points, 10.6 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game on 49.8% shooting. As the leader both on and off the floor for his team, he is probably most responsible for their current position atop the West standings.

Davis, meanwhile, has dominated the floor in other ways, averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game on 51% shooting. He sets the tone defensively for the club and allows James to get a much-needed break from time to time.

Together, the two have formed an insanely powerful duo and they stand as much a chance as anyone in the race for the 2020 title. Things won't be easy, by any means, but it wouldn't be wise to count them out.