Reggie Miller was a controversial player during his active days and although he hasn't reached those levels in his tenure as a commentator and analyst, the Indiana Pacers legend has managed to make some eyebrow-raising claims in the past couple of years.
The NBA MVP award will always create controversy around the fans and the media and the last couple of seasons, we lived that when Giannis Antetokounmpo won back-to-back MVP awards, beating James Harden (2019) and LeBron James (2020). Well, the legendary sharpshooter gave his two pennies on the current MVP race, delivering a very curious and controversial ranking.
He used three lists to qualify the players and how likely they are to win the prize: first class, business class, and coach class. The lists show LeBron James, Joel Embiid, and James Harden as the top 3 favorites to take the coveted award home at the end of the season, but, Chris Paul ranks fourth, according to Reggie.
The Phoenix Suns veteran is having a great season, helping Devin Booker improve his level, as well as the rest of the squad but making him an MVP favorite seems to be too much. He put CP3 ahead of Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Nikola Jokic, and Kawhi Leonard. The Joker is considered the leading candidate for the 2021 MVP after LeBron and Embiid went down with injuries but not on Miller's book.
NBA fans reacted to this, going off on Miller while others explained what's going on with most of the players on the list and why they should have a higher position.
Paul has demonstrated why they call him 'Point God' once again but not many people consider he should be part of the MVP conversation this season. Shaquille O'Neal made the case against him two weeks ago, saying that the award was an individual prize, not a collective one and although Paul did a lot for his team, he doesn't see him as an MVP favorite.
Doncic, Giannis, Curry, and Jokic seem to be a better case than the 35-year-old veteran but not for Miller.