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LeBron’s MVP Credentials:

  • Leads his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, threes and field goal percentage (only player in the league doing all of that).

  • Is the best defender on his team while leading it in points, rebounds, assists, steals, threes and field goal percentage (only player in the league who can make that claim).

  • Has a top 2 seed in his conference, while being the best defender on his team, who also leads it in points, rebounds, assists, steals, threes and field goal percentage (the best MVP argument in the league).

  • First player in NBA history to average 27/7/6 on 57% shooting (no one previously has even averaged 25/5/5 on 56% shooting, let alone LeBron’s line).

  • First player in NBA history to shoot 57% from the field and 38% from three (to be more precise, he’s shooting .567 and .379 – but the notion still applies).

  • First player in NBA history to make 100 threes while shooting 57% from the field (no one previously had even made 50 threes shooting at least 56% from the field, so LeBron is really blowing history out of the water in this regard).  LeBron easily has the highest field goal percentage of anybody who has made 100 threes in a season.

  • Leads the league in RPM, top 2 in PER, top 2 in Win Share, top 3 in scoring, top 4 in field goal percentage, top 11 in assists, top 18 in steals (no one else in the league is top 18 in all of those categories).

  • Is not playing with another All-NBA or All-Defensive teammate in 2013-14 (hello, Serge Ibaka).

  • Had to cope with 20 different starting lineups and still has a top 2 seed in his conference.

  • Had to cope with 20 different starting lineups and without his 2nd best player for 29 games and still has a top 2 seed in his conference.

Kevin Durant has indeed had a fine season – but not nearly as unique as LeBron’s – so considering everything listed above I can find no justifiable reason to deny LeBron James his 5th MVP in 6 years.

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  1. […] And, frankly, Durant’s season has not been as groundbreaking as LeBron’s. […]

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