Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel thinks forward LeBron James has deserved to win this year's NBA MVP award over Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Last week, the NBA announced that it is going to determine its awards for the 2019-20 season based on games played up to when it went on hiatus March 11.
The season is set to restart on July 30 at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, where teams have been placed in a bubble and each individual has to follow rules in order to minimize the risk of anyone getting infected in the bubble.
Just before the season suspension, the Lakers beat the Bucks and the Los Angeles Clippers -- four-time NBA MVP James shined in both of those games and outplayed Antetokounmpo and last year's NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
"In that weekend, LeBron took the toughest assignment in both games. He guarded Kawhi in the Clippers game and did a great job with him there. And then he guarded Giannis in the Bucks game when AD was in foul trouble and did a great job in those two situations," Vogel said on a video conference call with reporters Saturday, as quoted on ESPN.
"I think that weekend was probably a great indicator or a great measuring stick."
Vogel thinks Anthony Davis should win the Defensive Player of the Year award
Davis, who was traded from the New Orleans Pelicans last offseason, has been absolutely brilliant on both offensive and defensive side of the floor this season and coach Vogel thinks the former first overall pick deserves to finally win an NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.
"Nobody impacts winning more than LeBron James. I do believe that he should be the MVP this year," Vogel said. "I believe he should be the MVP and I believe Anthony Davis should be the Defensive Player of the Year.
I hope those awards go to our two players." The Lakers own the best record in the Western Conference and coach Vogel has underlined that James and Davis have played a major part in the team's success this year. "We're the third best defense in the NBA, best in the West and a lot of that comes from [James'] commitment this season, which has been greater than the last few years from what I'm told, has really set us apart," Vogel said. "Like I said, I'm hopeful that those two awards go to those two players."