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This Year The NBA's MVP Should Be Unanimous | The Sports Report Girl

This Year The NBA’s MVP Should Be Unanimous

For the second year in a row King James will reign supreme. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been the most dominant player in the NBA and the team will finish with the best record in the league.

Even though the most valuable player award won’t be announced for a few weeks, James has this locked up. The regular season ends this week and no one can catch the King. Every night James discourages opponents with his overall play, scoring whenever he pleases, distributing the ball to his teammates and harassing guys on defense.

Let’s not forget his frequent come-from-behind blocks, most of them in spectacular fashion as James swats the ball into the crowd leaving the offensive player wondering, “Where did he come from?”

Cleveland has won more than 60 games again, the first time a team has done that in consecutive seasons since the Chicago Bulls did from 1996 to 1998. James is the catalyst of this success, but Cleveland has also gotten better players the last two years, adding ballers such as Mo Williams last year and this season, Shaquille O’Neal and Antawn Jamison.

With these upgrades, James’ assist numbers have skyrocketed, averaging more than eight per game. If that average holds, James will have the NBA all-time record for a forward in a season, breaking Boston Celtic great Larry Bird’s mark of 7.6 in 1987.

James has said if he wanted to, he could lead the league in scoring, which few people would dispute. He still might as he averages 29.7 points per game. The closest competition is scoring dynamo Kevin Durant (30.1 per game), a second-year player on the youthful Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant, although still a young buck in the NBA, is a legitimate MVP candidate as his team has improved tremendously, going from 23 wins last year to 49 with two games to go. But Durant’s overall play, while spectacular, doesn’t measure up to the consistency of James’.

Physically, no player is more imposing on his way to the basket. The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard may be a beast in the paint, but he doesn’t possess the ball handling skills to create his own shot and drive to the hoop.
Every time James goes to the hoop it seems as if the end result is a layup, dunk or foul. No player in the league has the combination of sheer brawn and slashing to the basket. What brave player has the guts to take a charge from that freight train?

King James’ play is so dominating it demoralizes other teams the way Shaq did in his prime; the same way Wilt Chamberlain did in his. At 6’8” and a comic book character physique, defenders usually surrender the basket or foul to avoid being posterized.

His defensive presence is so great, players with wide-open lay-ups look over their shoulders in fear of being stuffed. Even then James sometimes makes a play that ends up on the nightly highlights.

Other than Durant, who else is there to challenge for the MVP race? Kobe Bryant, the last MVP other than James, has led the Los Angeles Lakers to the No. 1 seed in the Western conference. He has great numbers, but his team has underachieved, slumping at the end of the season.

For a while, Carmelo Anthony seemed like an MVP candidate. Although he is one of the top scorers in the league, his Denver Nuggets, once considered to be the No. 1 challenger to the Lakers in the West, have faltered down the stretch.
The Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade? He has incredible numbers too (26.5 points per game, 4.90 rebounds, 6.6 assists). The team, however, is just average.

It seems as if the MVP award is James’ to lose. At 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1 block per game you can’t argue. Only all-time greats such as Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson put up those types of numbers. The only question is if James will be the NBA’s first unanimous MVP. James’ teammate, O’Neal, was the closest, missing out by one vote in 2000. Maybe the King will make it a clean sweep this year.

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