Heading into this season, LeBron James was once again the favorite to win the NBA MVP award for the fifth time in his career. Given that notion, James certainly knows what it takes to earn that prestigious honor. In a recent interview with Fox Sports, the 31-year-old gave some huge praise to one of his current teammates in Kyrie Irving as his choice for the award.
Why not? I think the sky’s the limit for the kid, he’s only (24) years old,” James said. “He hasn’t even gotten to his prime yet.
“He doesn’t have any weaknesses, especially offensively. He’s been great so far. If guys take away his driving lanes, he’s able to create off the dribble, make pull-up jumpers. He can shoot the 3-ball too, so, he doesn’t have any weaknesses offensively so it doesn’t matter.”
The fact that James is backing his teammate for this award just goes to show how much respect he has toward Irving. In his sixth year in the league, the former Duke product is off to a strong offensive start averaging a team-leading 26.8 points while shooting an astronomical 53.6 percent from beyond the arc. That number will likely significantly drop, but nonetheless, it’s safe to say that Irving is playing at another level.
If he continues to play at a high level, Irving has a strong chance to make his case to earn the award. That said, he will be competing against the likes of James, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry for votes. This could be the year that he takes game to another level.