LeBron James gets his fourth MVP

James is King again

5/3/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

As was expected, LeBron James is going to be named MVP for the fourth time in his career.  He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players with at least four.  

Apr 28, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  Miami won 88-77.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY SportsThis season, James averaged 27.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 7.3 rebounds per game.  He shot 56.5% from the field and 40.6% from beyond the arc, both the highest marks of his career.  James' game has evolved over the last year and he is now one of the most efficient players in the game, asserting his dominance on fewer shots than he ever has before and the advanced stats community is loving it.

James has been the best player in the league for years now, but this season has been his best.  He led the Heat to a 27 game winning streak, the second longest in NBA history, and a 66-16 overall record.  

This award is another in a string of great successes for James, who won the MVP, NBA Finals MVP, finally got his right, won an Olympic Gold medal, and was named SI Sportsman of the Year all in 2012.

James and the Heat were favored to repeat as Champions going into these playoffs and their chances are looking even better now with Russell Westbrook's injury and the Knicks recent struggles in the first round.  The Heat, on the other hand, swept Milwaukee and won game four without Dwyane Wade on the floor and await the winner of Chicago and Brooklyn.

King James is an absolute joy to watch play basketball and we are fortunate to have the chance to watch history when he takes the court 80+ times a year.  James has gone from a freak athlete who can do whatever he wants on the basketball court to an artist who makes the correct basketball play every time he touches the ball while still entertaining us with highlight reel dunks and incredible passes.

Congratulations, King James!  Now all you have to do is win those "not five, not six" championships you promised the Miami fans.  And if he keeps this level of play up, it's not as crazy as it seemed a year or two ago.

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