LeBron James has never been a player to doubt his own abilities, and even though he’s not someone who will arrogantly talk himself up — excluding the ‘Not 1, not 2, not 3..’ Miami arrival speech — when it comes to the crunch, James will publically back himself when he’s challenged. Case in point, calling himself the best player in the world after being asked about his chances in the 2015 Finals series against the Golden State Warriors.
Well, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar was recently asked who he thinks the 2018 MVP should be this season, and James answered in utter confidence.
“I would vote for me,” James told the Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds on Tuesday. “The body of work, how I’m doing it, what’s been happening with our team all year long, how we’ve got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me.”
Definitely not the most humble of answers from LeBron, but despite James Harden’s spectacular year, it’s not out of the question for James to still be in the hunt for the award.
Even though LBJ is currently in his 15th NBA season, he’s actually somehow increasing his career averages in assists and rebounds, averaging 27.4 points, 9.1 assists, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He’s doing all of this while shooting an efficient 54.8 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from three, something he’s worked diligently on improving as his career has gone on.
With his season averages, LeBron joins an elite group, Oscar Robertson, who did it in five different seasons, and both James Harden and Russell Westbrook last season, as the only players to average 27 points, nine assists and eight boards over the course of a regular season.
“At this point in my career, I’m just trying to break the mold, break the narrative of guys in their 15th year. … I’m trying to do things that have never been done before,” James told Reynolds. “It’s crazy because I’m not setting out to do it. It’s just kind of happening organically. I’m just training my body and training my mind and going out and playing and seeing what happens.”
Despite his impressive season, as well as all the drama surrounding the Cavs throughout the season that LeBron has managed to block out on his way to another impressive campaign, it doesn’t look as though this will be his year, as James Harden all but has the MVP award locked up at this stage, especially when you consider his team success, individual stats and the narrative that surrounds his season.