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Lakers news: LeBron James projected by ESPN to win MVP award

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The 33-year-old is currently ranked by ESPN as the favorite to win the MVP award this upcoming season.

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In the weeks that have followed his move to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, All-Star forward LeBron James has helped make the franchise one of the most prominently mentioned teams in the league. 

This has also put him atop of the list of predictions for the MVP award next season as ESPN is the latest media outlet to project that the 33-year-old will earn that prestigious award for the 2018-19 campaign. 

Our experts' MVP predictions for the 2018-19 NBA season are in. Who ya got?

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This move has set up an opportunity for James to take the Lakers back to the playoffs for the first time in five years, which is the longest postseason drought in team history. The fact that it is with Los Angeles adds a bit more pizzazz to the situation that could help him earn more favor for the award this upcoming season. 

What has also pushed many to lean in his direction is that he is coming off an MVP-caliber campaign averaging 27.5 points on 54.2 percent shooting from the field along with a career-best 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per contest. This saw him finish third in the league in scoring and second in assists. There has yet to be any decline in his game at this point of his career that if he kept up could have a tremendous impact the Lakers move up the standings and into playoff contention. 

It is an ideal setting from that standpoint as it gives him a legitimate chance to add a fifth MVP award to his trophy case, which would put him in a tie with Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as well as put him just one behind Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The table is set in front of him to make that leap toward reaching that personal goal while leading the Lakers to success in the process. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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