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Lebron James is having one of the greatest statistical seasons ever...but should that make him the MVP?
The Line: 37.9 MPG… 53%/37%/76% … 27/7.9/6.4/1.9 steals per game … PER: 30.4
A 30.4 PER? In this season? That is borderline unbelievable. Let’s put that in perspective: If LeBron James can keep up this rate, his season performance would be the 13th most efficient season in the history of the NBA.
For James to do this during a normal season, well, that would be expected. He already ranks fourth and ninth on the list of most efficient seasons, according to basketball-reference.com. But to do it in this insane, condensed schedule, where many teams are resting their starters to keep them fresh for the playoffs, is especially impressive.
James hasn’t taken a night off.
James has done everything right this season: He distributes the ball, drives and creates his own offense, collects rebounds and is overall one of the most impressive players to ever play the game.
But at the end of the game, it’s still musical chairs trying to decide who takes the last shot. He still looks scared, like he doesn’t want to take over the game when it matters most. And that’s ultimately why he should not win the MVP. Because despite the best statistical year of any player in the league, the MVP has to be able to carry his team when they need it the most—not just in the first 46 minutes, but in the last two, as well.