LeBron James: Record-Breaking Performances Will Earn Superstar 2013 MVP Award
The Miami Heat superstar joined elite company to have notched up five consecutive 30-point games; he reached even further elite company when he became the first player in history to score six back-to-back games while 60 percent shooting in each game.
And in the process of it all, James has seemingly pulled away in the race for the 2013 Most Valuable Player Award over Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant.
James' record-breaking performances have him closer to achieving the status of Michael Jordan than Durant is to catching James.
There have been approximately 4,000 players in NBA history. Only 1 player's career PER is within even 5% of Jordan's (LeBron James).— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) February 12, 2013
The race for the Most Valuable Player in 2013 isn't even close right now. Nor should it be, given the success that James has had on the court so far this year.
The 2011-2012 league MVP is posting his best season averages since moving to South Beach. Compared to last season, his field goal percentage, three-point percentage, rebound totals, assists and blocks are all up. And, perhaps most importantly, his turnovers are down.
Durant's numbers too are up over what he recorded last year, and he deserves credit, respect and a certain level of appreciation for his performance thus far this season.
But he has not been as spectacular as James, who has set the standard that Durant will need to reach the Thunder star wants to take home the MVP trophy for this season.
What the 28-year-old James has achieved for the Heat this year is truly remarkable, with the defending NBA champions sitting on top of the Eastern Conference once more with a 35-14 record—largely in part to the six-game winning streak they're on. Which, as it so happens, are the six games James has churned out his record-breaking performances for.
The gap between James and Durant in the race for MVP might not be that great in terms of raw numbers. But when you consider James' impact and the historical significance of what he's achieving this year and just how valuable he truly is, then the engraving of his name pretty on this year's award much can start right now.
As Dwayne Wade would say, he's someone who has surpassed the planet.
The eternal King of South Beach, LeBron James.
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