MMPG: Most Valuable Player

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers


I rest my case. How can you keep the MVP from me this year? (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Yes, Dwyane Wade re-entered the discussion for the game's best player. Yes, Kobe Bryant is the league's reigning most valuable player. But what more does LeBron James have to do to win his first MVP? He's played like the second coming of Oscar Robertson. He's the league's most efficient player. He's led his team to the league's best record and an unbelievable 39-1 home record. He's established an all-inclusive, team-first culture. He's made his teammates better than they probably thought they were. He's provided hope to a downtrodden city. He's turned his pre-game chalk toss into a must-see event. And, he's proven to be pretty decent make-believe photographer. LeBron James ranks second in scoring, but he had the most 50-point games, the most 40-point games and the most triple doubles (seven). He is the fourth player to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals while leading his team to 50 or more wins. He also had the highest fourth-quarter scoring average (7.6 points) in the NBA despite sitting out 13 fourth quarters this season. James is the MVP. It's his sixth year. It's his time.

Others in consideration: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers; Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat; Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic


By Michael Lee |  April 15, 2009; 4:06 PM ET MMPG: Week 24
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Hurts, but you're probably right here, too.

Posted by: dabing | April 15, 2009 4:52 PM

Let's put a rest to the "MMPG's."

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 15, 2009 5:24 PM

I'm usually a who did the most with the least kind of guy, but LeBron sorta pulled away. Like Michael said, what more does a guy have to do.

He is the fourth player to lead the league in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals while leading his team to 50 or more wins

Did you mean lead his team?

Posted by: KeithMcMillan | April 16, 2009 2:34 AM

no more MMPG

Posted by: prescrunk | April 16, 2009 9:28 AM

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