James has had a tight grip on the coveted Maurice Podoloff Trophy over the past few seasons, winning the award in 2009 and 2010 as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and last year in his second season with the Miami Heat.
With a fourth MVP crown, James would join Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan as the only five men to have won at least four regular-season MVP awards.
Although the award may have been up for debate in past seasons, there's simply no arguing who the best player has been in 2012-13.
In addition to leading the Miami Heat to the league's best record this season (65-16 coming into Wednesday's season finale), LeBron was key for the Heat as they recorded the second-longest winning streak in NBA history at 27 consecutive games.
As his shooting numbers show, James has been remarkably efficient this season, averaging fewer than 18 field-goal attempts per game for the first time in his career.
Which player will win 2012-13 MVP honors?
At age 28, James is in the midst of his prime and to deny him honors following the best season of his impressive 10-year NBA career would be an outright injustice.
However, their influence pales in comparison to that of LeBron James, a player that not only stuffs the stat sheet, but makes the Miami Heat overwhelming favorites to repeat as NBA champions this summer.
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