LeBron James' Historical NBA Season Is Being Criminally Overlooked

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IFebruary 6, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 29:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Chicago Bulls at American Airlines Arena on January 29, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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How is it that Miami Heat phenom LeBron James is putting up mind-blowing, MVP-esque numbers, but still doesn't get the recognition he deserves?

It simply doesn't have a reasonable, meaningful explanation.

This season, King James has been just short of sensational, playing as efficiently and putting up stronger production than he has his entire NBA career.

For the year, James is averaging 29.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

His ability to dominate on the offensive end of the floor and improve the play of his teammates in the process has been something to watch.

What makes the numbers all the more impressive is the near flawless efficiency with which James has been able to produce. James is shooting a career-best 55 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three-point range.

His three-point attempts are also down to 1.8 a game, as he is now beginning to take into account just how much more effective a scorer he is when taking the ball to the rim.

Not to mention, James has been as hot as any player in the game. In his last seven outings, James is averaging 29.9 points per game and has grabbed at least 11 rebounds in three of the seven games.

More importantly, the Heat are winners of six of those seven games and are 18-6 on the season.

Upon taking his talents to South Beach, King James has been perceived by many as a "traitor," the talent who couldn't win an NBA championship on his own with the Cleveland Cavaliers. There were those that believed his production would falter alongside all-stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Among the doubters is TNT analyst Charles Barkley, emphatic about the mistake James made by going to the Heat.

"He'll never be Jordan," Barkley said. "This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to... No matter how many he wins in Miami, it clearly is Dwyane Wade's team."

As talented as Wade is, he has had to sit out nine games this season due to injury. In eight of those nine games, the Heat were victorious.

Who was it that was able to lead the Heat to those eight wins? You guessed it—King James.

There is no doubt that the personnel in Miami is substantially more talented than that of the rest of the league. No question about it.

Yet, in spite of injuries to Wade and a ridiculously talented unit, James has continued to elevate his production and win basketball games for his Heat with this lingering, heavy chip on his shoulder.

One-third of the NBA season is now in the books, and there is no debate on who the front-runner is for the league's most prestigious individual award. It's not the Bulls' D-Rose, not Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, nor the "Black Mamba" in L.A.

It's hands down, LeBron James' MVP award for the taking.