We are at the midway point of the NBA Finals and the Lakers are leading the HEAT 2-1 in the series.
A few players have emerged in the NBA Finals MVP Race and the Shoot or Pass podcast crew name their favorite contenders to win it!
In the latest episode of the Shoot or Pass podcast, the crew predicts who will win the NBA Finals MVP race. Chevy, Gabe, and Rhoby SHOOT if they agree or PASS if they disagree on the following statement:
LeBron James will NOT be named the NBA Finals MVP after this series.
RHOBY – PASS
After Game 2, I thought for sure it would be Anthony Davis. However, it looks like the Miami HEAT might have just uncovered a blueprint to contain him without the services of Bam Adebayo – getting him into foul trouble to take him out of his rhythm.
It was successful in Game 3. Davis got shut out of the offense. Every time you saw LeBron James call for a screen, it was either with Dwight Howard or Rajon Rondo. Though I will say, that was more because AD was not putting himself in position to get the ball fed to him. When he did get the ball, there were more chances of him getting a careless turnover than some points for his team.
Here’s the deal. Bron is going to Bron. He has more advantages with the match-ups he is facing. The path is set for the King to outperform everybody on the court, which is why he will ascend to the throne as the NBA Finals MVP if the Lakers win the series. Similarly, the current King of Miami, Jimmy Butler will also be the top contender for the accolade if the HEAT complete the comeback.
CHEVY – PASS
Game 3 was the turning point in the race for the NBA Finals MVP between LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Granted, AD will still have opportunities to surge as the leading nominee again. But for now, it is going to LeBron James.
There is no doubt Davis has had a great playoff run thus far. He is averaging 28.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. His unique skill set has been on full display and is integral to the Lakers success in these Finals. However, LeBron is the true leader of this team and is putting out more consistent performances night in and night out. The King is also elevating himself with contributions that do not necessarily reflect themselves on the box score.
If we’re looking at the same scenario with Lakers in the Finals again next season, then I will confidently award Anthony Davis the NBA Finals MVP award. I am sure in the eyes of many it is probably a toss-up. Both are deserving of the award if the Lakers prevail and become the 2020 NBA Champions.
GABE – SHOOT
I think Anthony Davis is the player and should win NBA Finals MVP. Throughout the entirety of these playoffs, he is facing the tougher match-ups AND still managing to play out of his mind! As aforementioned, LeBron James is going to do his own thing and facilitate, but the Miami HEAT have ways to force the ball out of his hands.
Aside from getting him into foul trouble, the HEAT have NO way to completely eliminate Anthony Davis out of the equation. His versatility as a great defender and a great shooter make him a nightmare for opponents. I mean, FORGET about matching up with him in the post!
This is Anthony Davis’ Finals MVP trophy to lose. I don’t think we should stray away from that because of one game where he was limited due to foul trouble.