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NBA: Where Does LeBron James' Epic 2011-12 Season Rank All-Time?

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 03:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 3, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Eric HeContributor IIJune 5, 2012

You can dislike him, boo him and criticize him all you want, but after winning his third MVP award in four seasons, you have to admit this: LeBron James is a damn good basketball player.

He might have had the best season of his young career in 2011-12, averaging 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game—earning him MVP honors once again.

So, with all this being said, where does LeBron James' epic 2011-12 season rank all time?

I'll let you decide—but first, here are some of the greatest regular season individual performances.

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 1970-71

In his second season in the NBA, Kareem won the MVP award, averaging 31.7 points and 16 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent. 

He also led the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA title, winning Finals MVP.

 

Wilt Chamberlain: 1961-62

Although many remember Wilt for his NBA-record 100-point game in 1962, few actually recall the fact that he averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds a game during that same season.

Those numbers would be unheard of today, which is why it ranks among the top regular season individual performances ever.

 

Michael Jordan: 1990-91

It's hard to pick just one of his seasons, but MJ's 1990-91 campaign was nothing short of greatness.

In the prime of his career, Jordan averaged 31.5 points on 53.9 percent shooting, and he led his Chicago Bulls to a championship. Of course, Jordan racked up 31.2 points per game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals, earning him the Finals MVP.

 

Oscar Robertson: 1961-62

While Wilt Chamberlain's stats during the 1961-62 season may have been outstanding, Oscar Robertson's performance might have one-upped Wilt's.

Robertson's stat line: 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game.

That's right, folks. Oscar Robertson averaged a triple-double for an entire season! If someone scores a triple-double today, his highlights are all over SportsCenter, but Robertson did it every game!

Nobody has even come close to Robertson's superb 1961-62 season, which, in my opinion, makes it the greatest individual regular-season performance of all time.

So, now that you are aware of the greatest regular seasons in NBA history, where does LeBron James' 2011-12 MVP campaign stack up?

You make the call—answer the poll and comment below.



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