LeBron James wins 2013 NBA MVP
LeBron James has won the 2013 NBA MVP, becoming the fifth player to win four Most Valuable Player awards.
James averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals and almost one block per game this season. He will join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell (5) and Wilt Chamberlain (4) as the only four-time winners of the MVP.
James was considered to be in a tight race for the MVP for much of the season with Kevin Durant until a February surge in which he averaged 30 points while shooting 60 percent for six consecutive games, which lead into the Heat winning 27 games in a row, the second-longest winning streak in the history of professional sports.
So, just to review:
1. Best overall player on the planet: check.
2. Best player on the best team in the league: check.
3. Otherworldly statistical performance: check.
4. Other universally advanced metrics performance: check.
5. Narrative pull recognizing him as only the fifth player to win the award at least four times: check.
6. No bothersome narrative like "The Decision" to weigh him down: check.
I think that just about wraps it up. As I wrote in the Baseline Awards MVP column at season's end:
But forget the numbers, and you still have the strongest case for James. He does everything for the Heat. Brings the ball up, goes into the post, works the defense inside, scores inside. If they bring help, kicks to the perimeter shooter. Plays on the perimeter, drives past any and all defense, kicks out to shooters when help comes. Finishes the most devastating fast breaks in basketball. Defends the opponent's best player regardless of position.
In the past year, LeBron James has won two MVPs, the NBA title, the NBA Finals MVP, a gold medal in London at the Olympics, and was instrumental in the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. That's a pretty good stretch run, and the scary part is, without injury, it's hard to see any sort of end in sight for the reign of the man they call King James.
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