Video: Jayson Tatum Details Why LeBron James Deserves MVP This Season - Lakers Daily

Video: Jayson Tatum Details Why LeBron James Deserves MVP This Season

LeBron James and Jayson Tatum Bob DeChiara / USA TODAY Sports

While the novel coronavirus has forced the 2019-20 NBA season to come to a halt, numerous players have shared their opinions on who should win major awards this year.

In a recent interview, Boston Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum explained why Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James deserves the MVP award this season.

“I think I would give it to LeBron,” Tatum said. “They were the No. 1 team, No. 1 seed in the West. You know, he was averaging 25 and whatever. I think he was leading the league in assists. So, at that age especially, for him to still be as good as he is, playing at such a high level. I think I would give it to him.”

James, 35, was in a two-player race with Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo for the 2020 MVP award.

While Antetokounmpo was considered the frontrunner, James was giving him a run for his money just before the regular season came to a pause.

In fact, James and the Lakers defeated the Bucks the weekend prior to the announcement of the suspension.

The four-time MVP is averaging 25.7 points, 10.6 dimes and 7.9 boards per game this season. In addition, his superb play and guidance had led the Lakers to the second-best record in the entire association.

Tatum, 22, was also having a phenomenal season prior to the stoppage. As a matter of fact, he was in the midst of a breakout year with career-highs across the board.

The 6-foot-8 forward is putting up 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season.