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LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the two front-runners in the MVP race this season. According to former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar has the edge over the Greek Freak.

It is not just the fact that James is in his 17th season in the league. The numbers that LeBron is putting in a tough Western Conference are speaking for themselves. this season he is averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game.

In addition, The King has a huge impact on Lakers’ offense – without him the team is ranked 29th. But LeBron is on the court that changes to 2nd.

Per Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Heavy:

“Everybody wants to talk about the number of years that he put in 17 years so on and so forth. But when you talk about a guy who’s averaging almost 25 points per game, almost 11 assists; he’s been part of that 20-10 club and he has his team number one in that tough Western Conference. That speaks volumes. And also if you take LeBron off the court, the Lakers are ranked 29th offensively. When he’s on the court, they’re ranked what? I think they’re ranked 2nd and that’s a huge difference. So when I’m just looking at him and what LeBron has done this year, in that tough Western Conference I would just have to probably give that edge to LeBron James.”

Listen to the full episode of Scoop B Radio Podcast with Kendrick Perkins: