July 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Frank Vogel: LeBron James Deserves MVP, Anthony Davis Should Win Defensive Player Of The Year

Jul 18, 2020 11:53 PM

Frank Vogel backed LeBron James to win the MVP this year, with Anthony Davis getting awarded the Defensive Player of the Year.

Vogel specifically brought up games against the Clippers and Bucks as to why James deserved to win MVP.

"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. I think that weekend was probably a great indicator or a great measuring stick," said Vogel.

Vogel also pointed to the Lakers defense as to why both players should be recognized.

"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. Like I said, I'm hopeful that those two awards go to those two players."

Voting for all individual awards will take place before the Orlando restart. 

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Award

Mitchell Robinson Likely To Set Single-Season Field Goal Percentage Record

Jul 18, 2020 12:30 PM

Mitchell Robinson will set a single-season field goal percentage record should no player in Orlando surpass him, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

Robinson finished the season shooting 74.2% from the field, beating Wilt Chamberlain's record of 72.7%.

The league announced that while voting for individual awards will take place before the Orlando restart, statistical awards will continue to be up for grabs.

Rudy Gobert would need to make at least 89 straight field goals to surpass Robinson. 

Ian Begley/SNY

Tags: Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Award, NBA B-Ball IQ

Mike Budenholzer: Giannis Antetokounmpo Deserves Back-To-Back MVPs

Jul 18, 2020 12:24 PM

Mike Budenholzer said that he feels Giannis Antetokounmpo has done enough to earn back-to-back MVP awards this season.

The league announced that voting for individual awards will take place before the season's restart. 

"I think it was 64, 65, 66 games for different teams, so that's certainly a significant body of work, and more importantly, certainly, Giannis, in our minds, has done more than enough to deserve a back-to-back MVP. What he does for us on both ends of the court, what he does every night, the way he sets the bar for us, culture-wise, work ethic-wise, just as a teammate," said Budenholzer.

Antetokounmpo could possibly join LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in league history to win multiple MVP awards by 25-years-old or younger.

Caesars Sportsbook had Antetokounmpo's MVP chances at -800 when the league shutdown. 

Eric Woodyard/ESPN

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

Voting For Individual Awards To Take Place Before Orlando Restart

Jul 18, 2020 1:26 AM

Voting for individual awards such as MVP, All-NBA, rookie of the year and defensive player of the year will take place before the Orlando restart.

"The decision to exclude seeding games from awards voting ensures a fair process in which players and coaches from all 30 teams will have the same opportunity to be honored as top performers for the regular season," wrote the league in a memo to teams.

Votes for individual awards are usually cast closer to the end of the regular season, though only 22 out of the 30 teams will compete in Orlando.

Statistical titles, ranging from scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals, will be up for grabs through the seeding games. 


Tags: NBA, NBA Award, NBA Playoffs