As If There Was Any Doubt…LeBron James Wins NBA MVP Award
There should have been no debate, anticipation or questions about this year’s NBA MVP award. The honor belongs to one man, and one man only. Though still a young man, this man has come into his own at the tender age of 24, and after already leading his team to an NBA Finals appearance, he has led them to the top of the NBA standings and status as the team to beat in the postseason. Of course I’m talking about LeBron James, and of course nobody else had a shot to beat him out for this award, right?
The report today by the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirmed what most of us should have been expecting for a long time. Official voting details have yet to be announced, but James should be expected to garner most, if not all the first-place votes. The “battle” he had throughout the season with Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade was merely an illusion of the media, something we ourselves created to lead the general public to believe there could be a surprise winner in this race.
No, it was LeBron all the way. He took the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 66-16 record while averaging about 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game. He helped turn Mo Williams into an All-Star and Anderson Varejao into an above-average power forward. The fact that the Cavaliers rolled right over the Detroit Pistons, 4-0, in their playoff series- the only team in the first round to do so in under six games- only reinforces the fact that voters made the right decision.
Not nearly enough people jumped onto the Kobe or D-Wade bandwagons to derail LeBron’s campaign. It’s simply his time. He is slowly beginning to take this league over, and very well could already be on top when he enters his prime. And no, he has NOT reached his prime yet. The idea that he averaged a 30-8-7 scoring line at age 24 ought to strike fear into fans of all opposing teams.
This kid could very well average a triple-double over a full season in his prime, and I honestly hope he does. I can always appreciate greatness, no matter what uniform he wears. LeBron James has taken the next step to becoming just that.
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