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LeBron James to be named 2013 MVP

May 3, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

David Stern, LeBron James

What has long been considered to be a foregone conclusion has now been confirmed by multiple outlets. LeBron James has been awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2013 season, and will be presented the trophy in a press conference in Miami this Sunday.

The Heat open the second round of the playoffs against either the Bulls or the Nets at home on Monday, when David Stern is expected to be on hand to deliver the trophy to James in front of his home crowd.

James joins an elite group by winning the award for the fourth time. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell (5) and Wilt Chamberlain (4) have done the same in NBA history.

There have been plenty of years in recent memory where both fans and pundits have had zesty debates over what the MVP award should signify, and who should take it home in any given season. This year was not one of them.

While the names of Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul were mentioned in the MVP conversation at various points throughout the season, you’d have been hard-pressed to find anyone who truly believed it should have gone to anyone but James.

There has never been a unanimous MVP in the history of the NBA, so there’s at least a little suspense to be had in advance of the official release from the league this weekend to see if James can become the first.

James averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in 37.9 minutes per game this season. His field goal percentage (56.5) and three-point shooting percentage (40.6) were both career bests.

Should the Heat finish the year by winning their second straight title, James would join an even smaller group of greats. Only Jordan and Russell in league history have won MVP awards and championships in two consecutive seasons.

  1. saint1997 - May 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Personally, I’m shocked. I was banking on Jordan Crawford

  2. rickyspanish - May 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Zesty debates! That is hilarious, I actually laughed when I read that. Great choice of words. Seriously funny.

    • 00maltliquor - May 4, 2013 at 2:46 AM

      LOL, so did I! I thought I’d be the only one to appreciate the humor in that line! Nice catch

  3. jbeagles23 - May 3, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    One of the most dominant performances in league history. Could argue best defensive player as well and leading his team to 66 wins

    • 00maltliquor - May 3, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      No arguing. He SHOULD have gotten DPOY. Got robbed. Guess you can’t win two major awards at the same time. It would be too much. Psssh

  4. kingbeason52 - May 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Could have given it to him at the allstar break..not even close this year..

  5. sdelmonte - May 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Anyone who didn’t vote for him should have their license to write taken away.

  6. supremekingz - May 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Congrats. He’s the best!

  7. gofishus - May 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Lebron has now reached the upper pantheon of greatest small forwards in NBA history, He’s up there with Larry Bird and Julius Erving now.

    • badintent - May 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Karl Malone. Karl Malone HOF., Karl Malone , second in NBA history scoring. Karl Malone best ever forward. Not a Jazz fan.Someday LBJ will be best power/small forward in history

  8. livingsacrifice86 - May 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    @gofishus
    I only saw the tail end of Larry Birds career and never saw Dr J play, but I find it hard to believe there has ever been a player who matches Lebrons skillset, along with his athleticism and strength. Obviously the only one being Jordan. Whether you like the dude or not, if you are a fan of basketball you have to admit we are watching an All-time great

  9. ceschatz - May 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    well deserved.

  10. bowmanj35 - May 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Count me shocked.

  11. lemfaxx - May 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Coming soon… Spoelstera coach of the year

  12. 91devinhester23 - May 3, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    tear your acl already

    • jt1138 - May 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      And this is why nobody likes you pissy Chicago fans.

  13. kotapug - May 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Great player but a person I can never be happy for or congratulate. Arrogant puke that has had everything in life handed to him because he is athletic. Maybe he will have a special on tv called ” the award ” then we can wait and see which one he will choose to sleep with.

    • rickyspanish - May 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      A little jealous are we? I’m pretty sure being the best player in the league wasn’t handed to him, he had to put in the work.

      • kotapug - May 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        If you had a fully functioning brain it would of picked up the part that said he has everything in “life” handed to him because he is athletic. H1 in highschool ? Oh I’m sure that was bought and paid for by his hardworking mom . He is a great basketball player but a spoiled puke . He should of watched Jordan more or even watch a current player in professional sports like Adrian Petterson of the Vikes . Both are the best at what they do and do not whine to the press about people not being nice to them . BIG BABY

  14. 00maltliquor - May 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Finally got something right. Surprised they didn’t try to use “advanced statistics” to convince us all that Andre Iguodala or Tim Duncan was the real MVP.

    • charlessb - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      little did you know the comment “the real MVP” would become a meme

  15. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Best ever. And getting better

    • cantonbound13 - May 3, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Best ever??? Come on man! Best ever actually has his jersey retired in your arena & never played a minute for your team.

      • 00maltliquor - May 4, 2013 at 2:58 AM

        Good one! +1

  16. rodge1 - May 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    @91devinhester23

    You are trash

  17. patfic15 - May 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Not a big Lebron fan. Not a big idiot either. He’s MVP. No doubt.

  18. baymac408 - May 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Best Basketball player on earth right now! Well deserved.. He really is as close to perfect as you can get as a player.. Can play pretty much all 5, has handles, can drive on anybody create shots more importantly create for others! He has also gotten a nice jumper over the years! He is amazing to watch! Solid MVP

  19. thestudiokida - May 3, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    LeBron’s player efficiency rating of 31.59 ranks as the 7th highest in NBA history. He had an offensive season for the ages; right up there with Wilt and MJ’s best seasons. His defense was great, but not as thoroughly dominant as I saw the previous 4 seasons. Easily the MVP.

    • badintent - May 3, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      What was Wilt’s playa efficiency with the 20,000 lays he claimed ??

  20. detroitcityryda - May 3, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Darko deserved it more donnie darko
    For mvp most valuable playboy

  21. Foul Dwimmerlaik - May 4, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Well deserved. Congratulations! Now go get some more rings to solidify your legacy.

  22. melkipershero - May 4, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    I think its Wilt who played without the blocked shot statistic. His PER in his peak years would have been untouchable with blocks added in. Thats all good though. This MVP award was too easy to know who won. Even the people who despise Lebron acknowledge that.

  23. soopreme - May 4, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Congrats to the great Lebron James.
    One of the greats of the greats of the greats!!!!
    This man was voted the best player in the league 4 out of the last 5 years, truly a dominate run.
    In the company of royalty.
    Karreem 6, Jordan 5, Russell 5, Wilt 4 Lebron James 4.
    Magic and Bird 3.
    Your not even in the conversation with the greats of the greats if you don’t have at least three league MVPs.
    Did I mention he is only 28 years old and into his prime years.
    He definitely has a shot to be the greatest of all time if everything breaks right.
    Hats off to the great Lebron James.

  24. wgray981 - May 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    I don’t get it…LeBron is obviously the best player but I don’t think he is “most valuable” and what I mean is that the heat would still be good without him. Most valuable should be Melo or Curry, because their teams would suck without them.

    • eboneseagles - May 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      The heat would not be the #1 seed without him. Probably a 4or 5 tbh

    • axelmontoya99 - May 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Agree. Still having the though he is not as good as the players with 4 MVPs. But he is the best….and Stern loves him

  25. eboneseagles - May 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Prigioni got robbed.

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