But after James spoke about his own position, he riffed on the structure of the award and other league awards.
“It’s just the voting scale is a little weird to me sometimes,” James said. “I mean, if you take 2012. If you just stick with me — or 2012-13, I had a chance to be Defensive Player of the Year and also MVP in the same season. And that year [Marc] Gasol was [voted] Defensive Player of the Year, but he made second team all-defense, OK.
“I don’t know how much we are really watching the game of basketball or are we just in … the narrative.”
LeBron explained why he thinks the NBA awards voting scale is “a little weird.” pic.twitter.com/gSbGe9oplC
— ESPN (@espn) September 19, 2020
“So that doesn’t make sense. It’s like being MVP of the league but you make second team All-NBA. That’s when I really started to look at things kind of like differently. I was like, how does that even make any sense? It’s like being rookie of the year but you make second team all-rookie.”
He then turned his thoughts to Most Improved Player, an award won by his former teammate Brandon Ingram, who had a standout year with the New Orleans Pelicans.
“Brandon Ingram was amazing and I thought he should have won it,” James said. “But did you see the vote that Devonte’ Graham [of the Charlotte Hornets] got? He averaged four points last year compared to 17 and a half. If that’s not improving, what is?”
James said wondered if the narrative more than the basketball was driving some of the voting.