Lakers star LeBron James responds to Kevin Durant’s intriguing NBA era question

To Answer Kevin Durant's question, LeBron James put forward 3 of the best centers in 90's era to complete against Nikola Jokic for MVP title.

Kevin Durant and LeBron James
Kevin Durant and LeBron James

Nikola Jokic winning back-to-back MVP awards raises the question of which 90’s Center would dominate the league as Joker did. Kevin Durant posted the question on his Twitter account, to which LeBron James gave away 3 Biggies of that specific era.

Comparison between two different eras of NBA is very normal. But when it comes to an individual accolade, it adds extra spice to it. Kevin Durant twitted question about the 90’s Centers to challenge reigning regular-season MVP Nikola Jokic. Jokic had an all-around game for 2nd consecutive season – working tirelessly on both ends of the floor.  While LeBron James picks Shaquille O’Neal, David Robertson, and Hakeem Olajuwon to challenge Nikola for the title.    

Well, the comparison seems very interesting and intriguing if we forgo the rules and regulations imposed by the league. We can compare these megastars over their personal best seasons and might have a winner or at least a challenger for an award. 

LeBron James picks the best of the lot for Kevin Durant’s MVP debate

Shaquille O'Neal. David Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon
Shaquille O’Neal. David Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon

The 90’s era was mainly dominated by Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls, but there were some star players who performed exceedingly well and won the coveted Regular Seasons Most Valuable Player award. Most of them were Centers, with the only exception of Karl Malone – who won the title on 2 occasions.

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3 Bigs of the 1990 decade were David Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Shaquille O’Neal. These Megastars made their mark on the decade, with personal accolades and even won multiple NBA titles. But very consistent performance in the 82-game regular season was also a highlight of their careers.  Shaq won the individual title late in the 1999-200- season, where he averaged career-high 29.7 points, with nearly 14 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. He also had a personal best assists average of 3.5 during that season. Shaq went on to win his 1st NBA championship and Finals MVP award following the postseason.

David Robertson also had the best seasons in the ’90s. The defensive-minded player won the rookie of the season award in 1990, led the league in rebounds in 1991, led the league in blocks in 1992, and scoring title in 1994. After topping each of the areas, he finally won his regular-season MVP award in 1995. The Admiral as famously known had extraordinary stats in his MVP season, scoring 25 points, with 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks per game. Sadly he won the NBA title in different seasons, but his performances made the Spurs team beat.

Recognized as “The Dream” – 7 feet center Hakeem Olajuwon had a huge impact on the Houston Rockets team. He won back-to-back titles in 1994-95 seasons and was Finals MVP on both occasions. He won the regular season MVP award in 1994 with an average of 27 points, 4 assists, and 12 rebounds per game, clocking the most minutes for the team in the process.

With Nikola Jokic winning the MVP award in 2 consecutive seasons and Giannis doing the same in the previous 2 seasons, and this season’s finalists of the MVP award,  Big Men are certainly ruling the League.  If we compare Jokic’s current stats, 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists per game in the 2022 season, it resembles Shaq’s monumental stats in the 2000 season. Would that be a great match-up, we will never know though.

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