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LeBron James is the best basketball player in the entire world — period.
LeBron James was named the the 2012-2013 MVP today, though the trophy presentation will likely be scheduled before the Miami Heat’s Monday second round opener against the Chicago Bulls.
James won his 4th MVP award in the last five seasons. He is the fifth player in NBA history to win four MVPs. James joins an elite company featuring Wilt Chamberlain (4), Bill Russell (5), Michael Jordan (5) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6).
Without a doubt, LeBron deserved the MVP trophy after an unbelievable season. During the regular season, he averaged 26.8 points per game while shooting 55 percent from the field. He also shot 40.6% from three-pointers (considerably higher than his career average of 33.7%) while also averaging 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists — both of which were team highs.
LeBron has had one of the best statistical season ever — being the only NBA player, this season, to lead his team in points, rebounds and assists, while commanding the Miami Heat to a 66-16 record — the best in the NBA this year and in the Heat’s 25-year franchise history. He also led Miami on a historic 27-game winning streak, the second best streak in NBA history.
“I don’t know who else you’d vote for,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said to reporters. “No offense to everybody else, but that’s just how good he has played this year.”
James won the MVP in 2009 and 2010 — then regained the award last season after losing it two years ago to Derrick Rose.
During the month of February, LeBron set an NBA record for consecutive games when he averaged 30 points while shooting at least 60% in six straight games. In one of those games, the Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, James hit 13 of 14 shots and scored 31 points.
James doesn’t seem to be slowing down after winning his first NBA championship last June. He is averaging a near-triple-double and clearly shown he’s best player of this generation.
To top it off, Heat owner Pat Riley said today that LeBron is the best player he has ever seen in his 46 years of experience in the NBA.