Top 5 MVP candidates heading into 2019-20 NBA season

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4. Anthony Davis/LeBron James

Okay, it might have been six MVP candidates.

No player is facing more pressure to deliver in a big way than the Los Angeles Lakers‘ shiny new toy, Anthony Davis. It’s time for the Brow to prove to the world why he was once heralded as the heir to the proverbial (now literal) throne to LeBron James’ kingdom.

Far too often, Davis has been equipped with less than impressive talent during his six-year tenure with the New Orleans Pelicans, or dealt with historically bad luck in regards to injuries. But now with one of the best players of all time, AD is running out of reasons for not translating his statistical success into team success in both the regular season and postseason.

On the other side of the same coin, we have the King of Akon, and also, apparently, the King of Hollywood. Who would love a comeback narrative more to go with his fifth MVP to tie the ghost of Chicago more than LeBron James?

In all serious, the King has to recognize that his time at the top of the NBA food chain is slowly but surely coming to an end, so what better time to add to his prestigious resume than in what seems to be the twilight of his peak?

If there’s anyone capable of winning an MVP in his 17th NBA season, it’s LeBron James.