Why isn't Anthony Davis in the MVP conversation with LeBron and Giannis?
As the midway point of the 2019-2020 NBA season approaches, Rachel Nichols, Chauncey Billups and Kendrick Perkins choose their midseason superlatives including: most likely to win MVP, most likely to surprise and most likely to succeed.
It's time for Take Soup! Gary Striewski and Omar Raja debate whether Giannis Antetokounmpo or the field (which includes Los Angeles Lakers teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis) is the better bet to win 2019-20 NBA MVP; (1:57) what they make of the Spike Lee/New York Knicks saga; and (4:08) Richard Jefferson calling out San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan for doing "nothing" in his coaching debut vs. the Charlotte Hornets in Gregg Popovich's debut.
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✔️ Kendrick Perkins believes the MVP race between LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo is closer than people think, and Amin Elhassan explains why different perceptions of "value" will tip the scales in MVP voting.
✔️ With LeBron James out due to a sore groin, Anthony Davis powers the Los Angeles Lakers with 23 points and six rebounds to take down the Golden State Warriors on the road 116-86.
✔️ In her daily monologue, Rachel Nichols breaks down the Los Angeles Lakers' standout weekend beating both Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks as well as Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers. (2:41) Nichols also shares her thoughts on Patrick Beverley saying in the locker room that LeBron is not hard to guard.