Did LeBron James Deserve To Win His Third NBA Most Valuable Player Award?
For the third time in four years, LeBron James is the National Basketball Association‘s Most Valuable Player. Despite the fact that millions of people in Cleveland—and all around the world, for that matter—hate King James with a passion and want the Miami Heat to come up short in their quest for an NBA Championship, there’s really no denying just how great LBJ has been on the court. During the 2011-2012 NBA season, Bron-Bron averaged—get this—27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.9 steals, and a 53 percent shooting percentage. And, while those numbers aren’t that much better from last year’s numbers when he came in third in the MVP voting, voters apparently looked much more favorably upon James this year when it came time to vote for MVP.
“I just felt like there was nothing good that was going to come out as far as the individual accolades,” he said yesterday while speaking about last year’s results. “I wanted to be an MVP for this team, but it didn’t matter to me what the outside world was saying. It didn’t matter what the voters were saying last year. It was just about this team…I’m not saying that’s changed, but I think time heals all.”
That’s not to say James won this year in a landslide. In fact, he faced some really stiff competition from Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, who led the league in scoring this season and guided the Thunder to the second-best record in the Western Conference. But, some people have suggested that James had the best regular season since Michael Jordan‘s glory days in the late 1990s. And, although plenty would argue that playing on the same team as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh certainly helps him be so successful, the stats he put up do prove that he had a great MVP-caliber year. Then again, he says he’d give it all up for a championship trophy in June.
“I’d give all three of them back for an NBA championship,” he said. “It’s all I care about. It’s all I know.”
So, before you hit the comments section and start dropping bombs on LeBron, give him another month to prove you wrong. At this point, he’s earned his third MVP award—even if you still don’t think so.
If you missed it, check out LBJ’s acceptance speech below: