Is It Too Early To Give LeBron James This Year’s NBA MVP Award?
As recently as two weeks ago, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was basically a lock to win this year’s NBA MVP award. He was scoring 30 points a night on a consistent basis. His team was winning. And KD looked like he was in another zone almost every single night. So the idea of giving the MVP to anyone other than him seemed ludicrous. Durant was easily playing like he was the best player in the league and, truth be told, there really wasn’t a close second.
Now, though, we’re not so sure. In the span of just two weeks, LeBron James hasn’t just entered back into the NBA MVP race; he’s taken sole command of it thanks to a string of stellar performances. He started late last month when he went into Oklahoma City and helped the Miami Heat manhandle the Thunder. He continued by putting together solid performances against the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic. And last night, LeBron scored 61 points in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats—and did it while wearing a protective mask over his face to protect the broken nose that he suffered against the Thunder in their last matchup. Sure, it was the Bobcats, but he literally looked unstoppable last night and scored at will from all over the floor. It helped the Heat earn their eighth straight win and, don’t look now, but it looks like LeBron and the Heat just kicked it into another gear.
There is still a lot of season left right now. So realistically, it’s too early to say that LeBron is definitely going to win the MVP this season. But two weeks ago, Kevin Durant was the clear-cut favorite to win it. And now, LeBron has proven that, if he wants to, he can claim the MVP award again. All he needs to do is continue taking over games, continue helping the Heat win, and, most importantly, continue to make it look as easy as he is right now. If he can do those things, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t win yet another MVP award. Sorry, KD.