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Kendrick Perkins on why an MVP case can be made for Domantas Sabonis

Feb 28, 2024, 3:24 PM | Updated: 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 25: Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings warms up prior ...

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 25: Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena on February 25, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

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ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins joined “The Drive Guys” Wednesday, to expand upon his pitch that Kings center Domantas Sabonis should be in the MVP race.

On NBA Today, Perkins laid out an argument for why Sabonis should be in the discussion.

Talking to Kevin “Whitey” Gleason and Kyle Draper, Perkins expanded on his point, adding if the race is going to be decided by numbers, then Domas should be in consideration.

“Sabonis is leading the league in triple-doubles, he’s leading the league in double-doubles, he’s averaging 20 [points], 13 [rebounds], and eight [assists] and his team is winning,” Perkins said. “My thing is why is Sabonis not mentioned or it’s a problem when you mention his name.”

The ESPN host went on to say he’s comfortable mentioning Sabonis in the MVP race because “I’m here to tell the people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.”

Additional topics discussed include:

  • His MVP criteria
  • Domantas Sabonis and his stats this year compared to Nuggets center Nikola Jokic when he won his first MVP award
  • Do teams need a player to lead the culture?
  • Oklahoma City Thunder leaders believed Sabonis was going to be special back when he was a rookie
  • Sabonis is “a top 5 big” in the NBA

Click here to watch and listen to the full interview with Kendrick Perkins.

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