Cleveland Cavaliers: Local Writer Did Not Vote NBA Finals MVP For LeBron James


The Cleveland Cavaliers were out of healthy talent last night as they lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors. The stats James put up should have led him to be selected as the NBA Finals MVP. However, James did not get enough votes and even worse, he did not get the local vote. Golden State’s Andre Iguodala won the MVP.

The local vote belonged to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Lloyd voted for Iguodala.

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If the people who decided on this award have certain criteria they go by such as the winner has to be on the winning team, then that is understandable. Iguodala is a great player, but five years from now (if not sooner), people are going to be looking back and will be trying to figure out how James did not end up with the award. I would like to hope all the people who did not vote for James ends up regretting their decision when they reminiscence about this finals.

It is one thing to not get the MVP, but how does James not get more votes and at least the local writer’s vote? Without LBJ playing at the level he did, Cleveland likely would have lost much sooner.

I understand being a homer is not something that should occur, unless the player’s performance was warranted. I am not a homer, nor am I calling anyone one, but the impact James had and stats per game he contributed were more impactful than Golden State’s Iguodala or Stephen Curry, or any other player.

With no Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving available due to surgery from recent injuries, LeBron James had to take a team with decent talent, but resembled more of  the 2007 Cavaliers Finals team. James scored at least 40 points three times during the series. He nearly averaged a triple double with 35.8 points per game, 8.8 assists, and 13.3 rebounds.

One very interesting aspect of the voting was the total for Curry. He was named as this year’s regular season MVP but did not receive a single vote for the Finals MVP.

The Cavaliers have some big decisions to decide on, most notably resigning Love, James, and how to reload to get back to finals next season.

Cleveland fans know if the Cavaliers were healthier, they would have either won the championship by now or will be getting ready for game 7 on Friday night. Many Cavaliers have had experience with starting and coming off the bench.  Even though Timofey Mozgov can start, I doubt he will be when Anderson Varejao gets back on the court. The same goes for J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Tristan Thompson.

With that said, to win the championship, the Golden State Warriors basically beat the Cavs second unit.

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