Paul Pierce says Giannis Antetokounmpo is MVP, not LeBron James

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ESPN’s NBA Countdown is back with Paul Pierce, Jay Williams Jalen Rose and Maria Taylor as they take on some of the league’s biggest topics, such as the format the NBA should use for the 2020 playoffs when play resumes. Moving to a league-wide 1-16 seed going forward is the popular opinion.

(5:55) The crew also agrees on Giannis Antetokounmpo over LeBron James for MVP. (11:15) Jay Williams plays a fantasy game requiring Paul, Maria and Jalen to select any team owner, GM, head coach, franchise player and a city/fanbase which leads to a lot of laughs.

(15:00) Countdown switches up the topics with a discussion about the unfortunate landscape in social issues throughout the nation having each guest on the show speak on their personal viewpoints:

In 57 games so far this season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 1.0 block and 5.8 assists per game, while shooting at 54.7% from the field.

Meanwhile, in 60 games so far this year, James is averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and 10.6 assists per game, while shooting at 49.8% from the floor.