It wasn’t much of a secret to be leaked out, but the Miami Heat’s LeBron James is about to do something that only four other players in the history of the game have accomplished.
Sources say that James will be named the league’s MVP on Sunday, making him only the fifth four-time MVP in NBA history.
It’s the second consecutive year that James will take home the honor and he joins an exclusive list of four-time MVP’s that include: Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain.
To say that James has earned it would be a huge understatement.
LeBron averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals and one block in 76 games during the regular season, his 10th in the league. He shot career-best percentages from the field (.565) and 3-point range (.406) and ranked in the top 10 in scoring, assists, steals and field-goal percentage among those who played in at least 70 games this season.
It won’t be known until Sunday how the voting broke down, but it’s likely that James won the award in a landslide.
Even though many Knicks fans wanted to see Carmelo Anthony capture the award, the choice of James was the correct one as he had another season for the ages.
Anthony, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul were all contenders, but this was LeBron’s award all along.
In a span of 12 months, James has won the 2012 MVP, 2012 Finals MVP, and now another season MVP, his fourth in a five-year span.
James, 28, will be the youngest in NBA history to win his fourth MVP, although Abdul-Jabbar won five by the age of 30. Abdul-Jabbar leads all players with six MVP’s, while Russell is the only other to win the award four times in five years.
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