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Surprise, surprise, LeBron James to be named the 2009-2010 MVP

Apr 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

This year’s MVP race has been without drama for months, as LeBron James seemed to stand head and shoulders above his competition. Now, even the illusion of uncertainty can be wiped away, as Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that LeBron will receive his second straight MVP award and will officially receive his trophy prior to Game 2 against the Boston Celtics.

James is the MVP by almost any criteria. His 31.1 PER this season is good for tops in the league and ninth in history. His adjusted +/- is second in the league, behind only Dwight Howard. He’s the only non-point guard in the top five in assist percentage (an estimated percentage of teammate field goals LeBron assisted while he was in the game), still managed to grab 7.3 rebounds per game, averaged an unreal 29.7 points per game, and led his team to an NBA-best 61 wins.

The scariest thing? LeBron’s getting better. He’s still learning, making huge strides with his defense, and even becoming a better scorer. Did you know this was the first season of LeBron’s career where he topped .500 in field goal percentage? Or that this was far and away his best season in terms of racking up assists? One of the most insanely efficient players in the game is still finding new ways to streamline his production, and that’s pretty horrifying.

Best player on the best team? Check. Greatest impact? Check. Best statistical resume? Super check. Best player in the league? You know it.

LeBron James is the rightful MVP, and it’s only a matter of time, a press conference, and a photo op away from it being official.

  1. Jim - Apr 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    but Kobe has FOUR rings!

  2. Jason - Apr 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    FOUR* rings
    *3 thanks to some guy named Shaq playing in his prime.
    We all know if LeBron had even the current Laker roster, they’d probably win 3 or 4 titles in a row.

  3. George - May 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Wow. The reason why the lakers are so good is because they have gotten better by experience. If you were to talk about any of the players besides Ron Artest. You wouldn’t call them Elite players until they got to the Lakers.Cleveland has great players as well.The east is a lot easier to get through in the playoffs compared to the West also.

  4. Craig F. - May 1, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Uh, Paul Gasol was an elite player on Memphis. Memphis just sucked as a team. Outside of Kobe and Gasol, no one on the Lakers is an “elite” player (which is why they were the only All Stars). Put down the crack pipe, Georgie.
    And what does the West playoffs have to do with winning the MVP, a regular season award? Lebron and the Cavs dominated the West this year.

  5. CVSLVR - May 1, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    LeBron is the best player in the league. You Kobe lovers (yes, you Jim) can’t deny it anymore… the cavs will win the title this year… wait and see.

  6. Brad - May 1, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    Yes i agree with you. You can’t deny it… lebron is IMPROVING STILL!!! kobe is going downhill…. :(

  7. Chester - Sep 4, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Hey! …LeBron Lost In The Playoffs, Haha
    And Now He’s Coming In Miami With Bosh And Wade, Lol
    Kobe Got Another Ring And A Finals MVP Award ^_^
    1 More Then It Will Be Equal With MJ :D
    Kobe Fans Was Like(Maybe Next Year LBJ…Hahaha)

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