Why LeBron Is Not The MVP

The Basketball Gods Have Failed Me: LeBron Wins MVP

5/14/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Apr 21, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) sits on the floor in pain during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers in game three of the first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center. The Heat defeated the 76ers 100-94. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
 
LeBron officially received his 3rd NBA MVP award this past Saturday, putting him in the company some of the greatest players the game has ever seen. LeBron's season was tremendous, putting together a highlight reel while consistently posting great numbers for the Heat, who finished second in the eastern conference. LeBron is an unbelievable player, there's no disputing that. Some of the things that he does with a basketball have never been seen before. His combination of size, athleticism, ball handling, and court vision are simply ridiculous. If you went back in time 15 years and explained LeBron to the world's biggest basketball fan he'd laugh and call you an idiot. But he exists, and he is exceptional. However, he is not this year's MVP.

MVP, for those who may have forgotten, stands for Most VALUABLE Player. The player who offers the most value to your team. Sure, while LeBron is on the court he stuffs the stat sheet for the Heat, I agree with that, but how does he better his team? Let's get real for a second here, if you take LeBron out of the picture, the Heat still have the best one-two punch in the entire eastern conference. Don't give me any Melo and Amar'e bull, because that obviously has yet to work and Amar'e is a terrible basketball player (we'll talk about why some other time). The next best one-two combo in the east is Rondo and Pierce, but I think everyone can say they'd rather have Wade and Bosh, unless your one of those halfwits from Boston. Keep in mind that in Bosh's last year with the Raptors he averaged 24 and 10.8, and he'd likely post similar numbers with LeBron gone.

My point here is that without LeBron, Wade and Bosh would lead the Heat to... the second seed in the eastern conference. Exactly where they're at now. Would the Pacers really have passed them? I don't believe they would. They did only finish 4 games behind the Heat, and if not for LeBron, the Heat may have lost more of the games that Wade missed, but you better bet that Wade wouldn't have missed as many games if LeBron wasn't there to take the reigns. The Pacers don't have one player who's as good as Bosh, and the Heat have Bosh plus a player who's better than Bosh. Wade and Bosh would take over games just like Wade and LeBron did all season. In the one game that LeBron mised (before the Heat started resting their big three), the Heat beat the Hawks (4th best record in the east). Wade won a championship with a post-prime Shaq and little else. Wade could easily get a two seed with an in-prime Bosh.

So is there really not a player in this league more valuable than LeBron James? Is there no player who took their team from one playoff seed and propelled them to a higher seed?
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