2013 NBA Season Awards Predictions: Handing out the hardware on season’s last day

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Most Valuable Player: LeBron James, Miami Heat

I know Knicks’ fans will want me to make the case for Carmelo Anthony here, but this is a no-brainer as LeBron wins his fourth MVP.

Apr 14, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Not only did he lead the Heat to the best record in the NBA, but did so by once again proving  he’s the best player on the planet.

James put together a monster year as his averages of 26.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game would indicate, but he’s doing so at an incredibly efficient rate (56.5 percent shooting, 40.6 percent three-point shooting). He also leads all forwards in assists with 7.3 per game.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about James’ season is that he has totally eclipsed Kevin Durant, who is having a career year with the Thunder.

Even Durant averaging 28.1 points per game, while shooting over 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the arc and 90 percent from the free-throw line doesn’t hold a candle to what James has done this season.

Anthony may have made a late charge to throw is name in the hat, but LeBron winning another MVP is a layup.

Runner’s Up: Durant, Anthony, Tony Parker, Chris Paul

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