There are only four men in the history of the NBA that have won the regular season MVP four times. Wilt Chamberlain (4), Bill Russell (5), Michael Jordan (5), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6). LeBron James is about to add his name to that illustrious list. For the fourth time in five years LeBron James will be recognized as the leagues best player, and it appears nobody is close (maybe with the exception of Kevin Durant) to dethroning “The King”.
Reaching the Throne
LeBron won his first NBA Championship last year, after dismantling the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Not only did LeBron win the Finals MVP, but the weight of the world was lifted off his shoulders. Getting that allusive first ring has helped LeBron’s game more than any off-season workout with Kevin Durant. He has played this season as free and easy as any of his first nine years. It’s about time that the haters refer to LeBron as King James.
Four MVP’s in five seasons is absurd. At this pace LeBron has a great opportunity to break Wilt Chamberlain’s record, six MVP’s. LeBron puts up near triple-double numbers each year, and this year was no different (26.8 PPG, 8 RPG, 7.3 APG). His uncanny ability to score, facilitate, and control the boards makes it difficult for anyone to take the MVP from LeBron. Not to mention he was second in DPOY voting, and can guard positions one through five. The man is a freak of nature, and he is elevating his game to new heights each year. With at least five to six more really prime years (barring injury), LeBron should have no problem challenging for Wilt’s record.
Does MVP #4 = Ring #2
As the first round of the NBA Playoffs winds down, it appears that the Heat don’t have much serious competition. The Thunder have lost superstar Russell Westbrook for the remainder of the playoffs. The Clippers were once considered a major title contender until the choked away an earlier 2-0 lead to the Grizzles and they now face elimination, and their bandwagon seizes to exist. The Spurs may have the best chance to come out of the Western Conference, but father time and injuries may even be too much for the Spurs. In the Eastern Conference, the Knicks looked to be a serious threat after taking a 3-0 lead over the Boston Celtics, but the series is now 3-2 and the Knicks look very vulnerable. The Celtics are a team that could pose a threat if they become the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-0 deficit and advance to the next round. The only other team that could be considered to have a chance is the Chicago Bulls, and it’s hard to believe they could beat the Heat even if Derrick Rose chooses to return from his ACL injury. After all that and the fact that LeBron seems to have figured out how to become a champion, the Heat against the field is a good bet. If at this time next year we are talking about LeBron’s fifth MVP and his third championship, then we will have witnessed something truly amazing.