ESPN Summer Forecast Predicts LeBron James Will Win Fifth NBA MVP Award
LeBron James
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

This upcoming season will be the biggest in a long time for the Los Angeles Lakers. With the signing of LeBron James, the franchise is back at the forefront of the league, as evidenced by their presence on marquee dates during the regular season.

SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH ????????????

James has been the best player in the NBA for some time now and his addition is expected, by most at least, to return the Lakers to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. That could also allow him to add some individual hardware to his collection.

ESPN recently began their annual Summer Forecast series and James was predicted to win his fifth NBA MVP award:

James is coming off a monster season in which he led the NBA in games and minutes played, producing some of his best box score stats in years. If he replicates that effort while leading the young Lakers to success, he has a great chance to earn the fifth MVP award of his career.

James is used to having all of the attention, but the light is even brighter in Los Angeles. As was pointed out, replicating last year’s success (27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists) while leading the Lakers to a top-four seed in the Western Conference it could be hard to deny him.

He will have some serious competition for the award, however. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis finished second in ESPN’s voting, followed by the Warriors’ Kevin Durant and reigning MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks rounds out the top five of ESPN’s forecast.

If James were to capture the award he would become the fifth Laker to win the award, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant.

Want to get your content COMPLETELY AD FREE? Follow us on Apple News!

You May Also Like

Lakers News: LeBron James Suffered From ‘Slight Headache’ As Result Of Smoke Filling Kings’ Golden 1 Center

While Southern California was being ravaged by raging wildfires that weren’t under any containment heading in Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Lakers boarded a flight…

Lakers News: Pictures from the Lakers Grammy Road Trip

The Lakers embarked on their Grammy Road Trip looking to build on…

Anthony Davis: Lakers ‘Fine’ Despite Shooting Struggles; Need To Push Pace

The Los Angeles Lakers dropped Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers and…

Lakers News: LeBron James Indifferent To Criticism Over Kneeling During Anthem

While the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled through the NBA restart, each seeding game has included a bigger…