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Dwyane Wade or LeBron James: Who Will Win the NBA MVP?

Bare KnucksAnalyst IMarch 11, 2009

The MVP race has gradually gotten hotter and hotter.

Dwyane Wade has been on a tear and has no signs of easing up.

After his mind-boggling performance against the Chicago Bulls last night, the MVP race is no longer ‘heating up.’

Rather, the flame has turned from reddish-orange to white hot.

There’s an extensive list of players you could make an argument for, but realistically, it has turned into a two man race. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are beginning to separate themselves from the pack of MVP candidates.

 

The case for LeBron James

LeBron has his Cavaliers sitting pretty atop the Eastern Conference at 49-13, with a ridiculous 27-1 record at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. LBJ is averaging 28 points, 7.4 rebounds, seven assists, and 1.69 steals per game. Outrageous numbers—to say the least.

James makes everyone around him better. Aside from his near triple-double average, LeBron’s defense has improved considerably. He is making a name for himself as one of the top defenders in the league. LeBron is like a swiss-army knife—he does it all.

 

The case for Dwyane Wade

Wade has impressive numbers as well. He leads the league in scoring at 29.4 ppg to go along with 7.6 apg, 5.1 rpg, and 2.21 spg.

Right now, Wade is playing the best basketball of anyone in the league. He’s got his Heat fifth in the Eastern Conference and has been on a scoring tear lately.

Wade is looking more and more like the player we saw take over the NBA Finals in 2006. The Heat’s success relies heavily on the play of number three.

Night in and night out, Wade continues to dazzle.

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