Why Is LeBron James the MVP of the 2019 NBA Finals?
The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, LeBron James, is the MVP for the 2019 Finals.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
is the final installment of the Western Conference finals, which will begin Sunday.
(Charles Rex Sebastien/AP)The NBA All 18 teams are locked in a battle to win the title of best regular-season team in the league.
They are split evenly between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, with the first round on Sunday.
The Spurs are leading the series by eight games, and it’s the first of three meetings this season between the two teams.
The Lakers are the defending champion and are favored in the final.
This year’s All-Stars will be: Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, Jimmy Collins, D’Angelo Russell and Tyus Jones.
The Spurs are on a tear.
They have a 17-2 record entering Sunday, and they’ve won seven straight.
They also have won seven of eight.
Their star players, Kawhi Leonard and Pau Gasol, are playing great, and the defense has allowed just 107.8 points per game this season.
The Cavs, however, have a record of 21-12, and their offense is averaging just 113.1 points per contest.
The MVP vote will be decided Saturday night.
Here’s how the MVP race is shaping up:James Harden is No. 1 in MVP voting, with a whopping 62.3 percent.
He is averaging 30.6 points, 5.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, and is tied for third in the MVP voting with the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry.
His teammates, including LeBron James and Kevin Durant, are the top three with 29.7 points, 7.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.
James is second in the voting behind Curry with 24.5 points, 6.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds per contest, while Harden is third with 23.4 points, 4:32.8 rebounds and 3:16.5 assists per contest with 17.2 points, 2:30.3 rebounds and 2:16 rebounds per assist.
James Harden leads the NBA with 31.1 ppg, 6 assists, 9.3 rpg and 5.1 apg this season, and he leads the league in steals with 14.2 per game and is fifth in scoring with 21.2 ppg.
James Harden is tied with Russell Westbrook with 17 assists.
He has averaged 16.7 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal per game in 20 games this season to go with 7.3 assists per game to go along with 2.3 steals.
Harden is fifth with 12.4 ppg and 2.7 rpg, and his 21.7 ppg is tied as the second-best mark in the NBA.
The reigning MVP, Kyrie Irving, is No, 2 with 29 percent.
Irving is averaging 19.6 ppg in the last eight games to go alongside 8.7 assists and 7.7 steals.
Irving, the top pick in last season’s draft, is fourth in the scoring category with 18.6 per game with seven steals.
He’s second with 12 rebounds per 100 possessions.
Kyrie Irving leads the MVP vote with a massive 61.3% of the vote.
(Getty Images)Kyrie is third in points with 28.2, but he has shot just 25.9 percent from the field in the past eight games.
His team has scored 109.8 per game during that stretch, which is good for just 26th in the conference.
He ranks first in assists with 6.3 per game while also averaging 6.8 ppg for a career-best 25.1 PER.
He leads the team in rebounds with 8.4 per game (third), assists with 9.4 (fourth) and blocks with 4.9 (fifth).
Kyrie is tied (10th in PER) with Kobe Bryant with 26.3 points per 100 attempts.
His 21.5 PER ranks third in NBA history behind Kobe Bryant (21.6) and Michael Jordan (21).
He is tied second with 23 steals, second in blocks with 2 and fourth in points (11.4).
He’s tied for seventh in scoring (15.7) with a career high 20.4 PPG.
Kyrie has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games and has averaged 20.0 PPG in his last six.
He scored 27 points on 8-of-18 shooting on Dec. 20 against the Clippers, and finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds and six assists against the Pelicans.
He is third on the team with 17 steals, and leads