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It’s time to press pause.
Something is happening here that is being overlooked, even despite the flooding of LeBron James coverage.
The best player in the game might be one of the best of all time. The streak that just concluded at 27 games is something that will be shown 30 years from now on some fancy, futuristic, virtual-reality-type TV screen.
We are all one day going to testify to the greatness of James and this period of his domination.
And yes, he is the league’s Most Valuable Player, and it’s not even close.
The streak that lasted 52 days was built on legendary performances that included comebacks and last-moment finishes.
Not only is he the best player on the best team, but he’s the greatest player of the decade on the greatest team we’ve seen since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal begrudgingly won three titles together.
James is averaging 26.8 points per game on 55.8 percent shooting. For those not keen in mathematics, that means he is the best version of a perimeter Wilt Chamberlain.
Keep the elbow in, LeBron. The perimeter shooting is working for you.
James’ shot at winning MVP: 99 percent.
Runner-up: Kevin Durant (0.9 percent chance)
Kevin Durant makes a beautiful bridesmaid.
But he’s living underneath the heated aura of James. The right column of every Oklahoma City box score is proof of Durant’s versatile scoring, and it’s what makes him the biggest offensive threat in the league.
But he’s not the complete player that James is. There was a moment when it looked like the two may battle for this MVP award from season to season, but it’s becoming clear that James is simply more valuable to his team’s success.
Durant is a scorer, no doubt, but James makes his team better. James averages more assists than Durant (7.3 to 4.5), and he also provides a great defensive challenge against all types of opponents.
The golden rule is simple: Which player would an opposing coach least like to face? The answer is clearly James.
The Field (0.1 percent chance): Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Ty Lawson
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