MVP (Most Valuable Player). The highest award you can receive in sports. Wikipedia describes MVP as an honor typically bestowed upon the best-performing player (or players) in an entire league. Initially the award is used in professional sports, but is commonly being used in amateur sports as well. In many sports, MVP awards are presented for a specific match. The man of the match award. I’m explaining all this so that you will have a better understanding of what the word MVP means. I hope the NBA is reading this, because I don’t believe they know what it means…
The NBA had their 2019 awards show, Monday night. It was ok. I’m gonna be honest I’m not a big fan. I mean, I love basketball, so I watch it. The biggest problem I have with the show, is that it comes on too late. Not to late as in the time in the evening, but more of the timing of the show in general. The season is over. The playoffs have concluded, and the Toronto Raptors have won the championship. Hell, free agency is about to start this Saturday. It makes no sense for an NBA regular season award show, to be after the Finals. The MVP awards is affected the most by this.
I know that the MVP is for the regular season. I understand that the players that are selected are all deserving of the award. What I don’t like, is that the award is given to players just because of their stat line. This year the MVP went to Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. He deserved it. I have no problems at all with him winning. I just wish they would have given it to him right after the season ending. Giannis had amazing regular season, but the only thing people will remember, is that he lost to the Champions in the Playoffs. That they defended him so well that he couldn’t even get his shot off. It was not an MVP performance.
I say all this, because we have seen James Harden and Russell Westbrook win the MVP in previous years. As great as those two are, they have not come through in the playoffs. Putting up big numbers doesn’t make you an MVP. Kawhi Leonard was the MVP this year. From the beginning of the season, until the very end. He was the best player in the league. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry had amazing years as well, but they are never considered as candidates because they’re on the same team. And most people still believe LeBron is the best player. The NBA needs to figure a better way to give this award, or present it at the end of the regular season. All of the player who have one the MVP have deserved it. But if you plan to continue presenting this award after the Finals, you might want to change the criteria of MVP.
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