MVP Breakdown – LeBron James

King James

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We Are All Witnesses. Nobody in the history of the NBA has done more with less. At 23 years old, and having only been in the NBA for 5 seasons LeBron James is already the youngest person in the league to score 10,000 points passing the old mark by more than a year! He’s a 4 time All-Star, 2 time All-Star Game MVP, 3 time All-NBA selection, and he’s already taken the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals (for the first time ever). And he just became the all time leading scorer in team history! And those are just the things I could come up with off the top of my head (OK not really, I Googled). Did I mention that he’s only 23 years old and has been in the league for only 5 years?

His run to the Finals last year was something that had to be seen to be believed. The way he single-handedly beat the Detroit Pistons was amazing. The fact that he took Cleveland to the championship round with an NBDL roster behind him easily put him into the “Legend” category. But that was last year, let’s break down his season so far.

Before the trade for Big Bum Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte Westand Joe Smith the Cavaliers were less than impressive. Since the trade they are still in my opinion,  less than impressive. At the trade deadline they were 30-24 which would have been respectable for a team like the Chicago Bulls; but not when you’re the Cavs coming off of a Finals run in a much improved, but still very weak Eastern Conference. Not to mention that in December they won only 5 games and the “experts” had them not even making the playoffs. Since the “Blockbuster” went down, they’ve managed to only go 10-7.

I know some people will say that because LeBron is leading the NBA in scoring this year he sould be in the MVP conversation. But his team is 40-31, and 4th in the Eastern Conference standings with 11 games left to play. Last year Cleveland finished 50-32 and were 2nd in the Eastern Conference (thanks to a masterful tank job by the Chicago Bulls at the end of the season). By contrast, the Lakers finished 7th in the Western Conference last year and New Orleans didn’t even make the playoffs. What a difference a year makes. In theory, the trade was supposed to have made them better…reality however is a much different story. LeBron is going to have plenty of MVP’s by the time it’s all said and done but in comparison to the other two guys up for consideration, he should finish 3rd this year in my opinion.

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