September 2020 Basketball Wiretap

LeBron James Says Receiving 16 Out Of 101 First-Place MVP Votes 'P----- Me Off'

Sep 19, 2020 12:14 PM

LeBron James spoke of his frustration after receiving just 16 out of 101 first-place votes for MVP following the Los Angeles Lakers' game 1 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second straight MVP after receiving 85 first-place votes. 

"Pissed me off. That's my true answer. It pissed me off, because out of 101 votes, I got 16 first-place votes. That's what pissed me off more than anything.

"You know, not saying that the winner wasn't deserving of the MVP. But that pissed me off. And I finished second a lot in my career, either from a championship, and now four times as an MVP," said James.

James, who has the MVP four times in his career, has also finished second in voting four times.

"I don't know how much we are really watching the game," added James.

James said he was also confused by his second place finish for Defensive Player of the Year during the 2012-13 season.

"I had a chance to be Defensive Player of the Year and also MVP in the same season. And that year Gasol was Defensive Player of the Year, but he made second-team All-Defense, OK. So that doesn't make sense. It's like being MVP of the league but you make second-team All-NBA. That's when I really started to look at things kind of like differently. I was like, how does that even make any sense?"

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins 2nd Straight NBA MVP

Sep 18, 2020 10:48 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has won his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award. Antetokounmpo received 85 first place votes and 16 second place votes.

Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks had the best record in the regular season but were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

LeBron James finished in second place with 16 first place votes, 84 second place votes and one third place vote. James Harden finished third with one second place vote, 64 third place votes and 10 fourth place votes.

Luka Doncic and Kawhi Leonard rounded out the top-5.

Antetokounmpo also won Defensive Player of the Year. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James Headline 19-20 All-NBA Teams As Unanimous Picks

Sep 16, 2020 3:04 PM

The NBA has announced the All-NBA Teams, headlined by Giannis Antetokounmpo and James as unanimous selections.

Joining Antetokounmpo and James on the First Team are Anthony Davis, Luka Doncic and James Harden.

On the Second Team are Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Pascal Siakam.

On the Third Team are Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Rudy Gobert, Russell Westbrook and Jimmy Butler.

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Ja Morant, Zion Williamson Headline All-Rookie Team

Sep 15, 2020 6:04 PM

The NBA has announced its 2019-20 All-Rookie teams, headlined by Ja Morant and Zion Williamson.

Joining Morant and Williamson on the First Team are Kendrick Nunn, Brandon Clarke and Eric Paschall.

On the Second Team are Coby White, Tyler Herro, Terence Davis II, PJ Washington and Rui Hachimura.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons Headline NBA All-Defensive Team

Sep 8, 2020 7:10 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo headlines the 19-20 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Antetokounmpo received 97 NBA All-Defensive First Team votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 195 total points.

Joining Antetokounmpo on the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive First Team are Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (187 points; 87 First Team votes), Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (185 points; 88 First Team votes), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (180 points; 85 First Team votes) and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (152 points; 57 First Team votes).

The 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (128 points), Bucks center Brook Lopez (67), Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (61), Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (60) and Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (59).

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Montrezl Harrell Named Sixth Man Of The Year

Sep 4, 2020 4:30 PM

Montrezl Harrell has been named the NBA's 19-20 Sixth Man of the Year award.

Harrell averaged 18.6 points and seven rebounds per game.

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Ja Morant Named 19-20 NBA Rookie Of The Year

Sep 3, 2020 7:15 PM

Ja Morant has been named the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year.

The 6-3 guard is the second player to win the Rookie of the Year Award with the Grizzlies, joining Pau Gasol (2001-02).

Morant received 99 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 498 total points. Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn finished in second place with 204 points. New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson received one first-place vote and finished in third place with 140 points.

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