by Justin of The Sportmeisters
As the NBA regular season begins to wind down, the No. 1 question on several fans’ minds is who will win the title of League MVP. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade should instantly jump out at you if you have watched any part of the 2008-09 NBA season.
Collectively, these three athletes have not only given stellar individuals efforts throughout the season, but they have also elevated the play of their teammates. Adequate arguments can be devised to support each one of these players in their quest to capture the MVP award.
These players have shown that in order to be an outstanding player in the NBA you not only have to be an unstoppable offensive force, but you also have to be able to create offense for teammates, and be able to create turnovers on the defensive side of the court.
With this being said, let's look at the candidates, and why I believe King LeBron will be crowned.
Kobe Bryant is still a dominant presence on the court and when the game is on the line in crunch time he is who you want to take the shot. The argument against Kobe though, is the Los Angeles Lakers have not been as dependent on Kobe Bryant this year as they have been in the past.
The Lakers have managed to win games even when Kobe has struggled at times. Kobe is currently third in the leading scorer category averaging 28 points per game. He is also third on the list in field goal percentage with 47.4 percent.
While I predict the Lakers to go to the NBA Finals, I do not think that Kobe has put together a good enough body of work to leap ahead of Wade and LeBron for MVP honors.
The reason why Dwyane Wade will not win the MVP award is a little more unsettling. Wade is currently the league leader in scoring averaging 29.7 points per game. He is also averaging 7.7 assist as well. In his last five games, Dwyane Wade is averaging a double-double, with 36.4 points per game and 11 assists.
“Flash” is finally showing that he is a tremendous asset to any team when he is healthy. Not only is Wade leading in the scoring statistical category he is second in steals, behind Chris Paul averaging 2.25 steals per game. Dwyane Wade has turned up his play at the most important time of the season.
The only reason I see Dwyane Wade not winning the MVP award is because the Miami Heat will have an earlier exit from the playoffs than LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James is going to win the MVP award because he has a better chance of leading his team to the NBA Finals.
“King James” is second in the scoring category averaging 28.3 points per game. James is also averaging 7.5 rebounds per game to go along with his 7.2 assist per game this season.
The Cavs are 4-1 in their last five games and a big reason why is because of James’s streak of three straight triple-doubles in the last three games of that stretch. The game that started his streak was against Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.
LeBron is getting the job done inside and out on the offensive side of the court with a 48.6 percent field goal percentage.
The race to the finish line is going to be close between LeBron and Wade, but LeBron will slightly edge out his competitors to win the MVP award.
All Hail King LeBron!!