Father Time has proven no match for LeBron James yet, as the four-time league MVP and 17-time All-Star is still averaging 25.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists in this, his age-36 season.
A strong GOAT candidate, James has put together a career that many wouldn’t even dare dream of, and he’s still continuing to dominate despite it approaching the twilight of his career. James has remained so good, in fact, that it’s perfectly conceivable he wins his fifth league MVP award this season.
The rest of the world may be catching up to the States in basketball, but they still haven’t produced a LeBron quite yet.
On the other side, there’s Nikola Jokic, who we know technically isn’t a power forward. Nevertheless, we decided to use him at this spot because the Rest of the World roster didn’t leave us with many better options at the 4 while Jokic and the player who we picked to be his frontcourt partner for this exercise were both way too good to pass up.
The Denver Nuggets may be disappointing a bit relative to expectations this season, but the Serbian center has truly performed like an MVP frontrunner, averaging 26.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while leading the league in PER, Win Shares, Win Shares per 48 Minutes, BPM and VORP, a truly ridiculously accomplishment this far into the season.
If the Nuggets as a whole were performing at an even slightly higher level, there’d be far less discussion about Jokic’s worthiness as an MVP candidate.
This matchup is one of the most interesting on the book, as Jokic is naturally a center while James is almost like a point guard playing power forward. Jokic outshines James to a huge extent statistically this year, but from a purely on-court standpoint, how would he slow down the four-time MVP on the perimeter?
And for that matter, what would James do against Jokic deep post-ups?
This would be an extremely back-and-forth affair, with both guys scoring on each other almost at will during the first three quarters of the game, but who do we trust more to get buckets on the other player late in a potentially very tight game? We have to go with the guy who has proven it time and time again in the playoffs.
We’re going with James here.