Mark Jackson likes LeBron James as the Finals MVP

NBA Basketball

A lot of people believe that no matter what the outcome of the NBA Finals is, LeBron James should be the MVP.

Former Warriors coach and current NBA commentator Mark Jackson is one of them.

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“He is the MVP of this series thus far,” Jackson said on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning when asked about James' MVP bid. “There’s no question about it. When you take a look at what he’s doing, this Warrior team is a superior team. They have great depth, 67 wins, t

alent and versatility to throw at you. To have a chance to win, LeBron James has got to be spectacular, and he’s been that."

This isn't the first time Jackson picked someone other than his once-prized pupil to win an NBA honor this year. Jackson said he thought the Rockets' James Harden deserved the MVP over the Warriors' Stephen Curry as the regular season wound down. 

To Jackson's point, James has been brilliant in the Finals, averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 45.6 minutes through five games. Curry has averaged 26.2 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 42.4 minutes.

Jackson has been in a very interesting position this NBA Finals, to say the least. After watching the team he helped mold win 67 games in the regular season, he's been courtside as the Warriors have built a 3-2 series lead. They are one game away from wrapping up its first NBA title in 40 years under rookie head coach Steve Kerr. 

Jackson coached the Warriors from 2011-2014, leading them to a 121-109 record, including 51 wins last season.