NBA MVP 2013: Historical Significance of LeBron's Current Run of MVPs

John RozumCorrespondent IMay 5, 2013

Will James end up as the greatest player in league history?
Will James end up as the greatest player in league history?Marc Serota/Getty Images

LeBron James is reportedly going to win his fourth NBA MVP.

According to Adi Joseph of USA Today on Friday, James is expected to receive the award:

The Miami Heat forward will be named NBA MVP for the fourth time in five seasons, a person familiar with the voting told USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt. The person requested anonymity because the announcement is scheduled for Sunday, with the presentation likely before the Heat's second-round playoff opener Monday.

Michael Wallace of also reported the news, as well as Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

First, this comes as no surprise for the 2012-13 NBA season. James led Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat to a league-best 66-16 record, while also averaging 26.8 points, eight rebounds, 7.3 assists and he sported a 56.5 field-goal percentage.

A second consecutive NBA title is also anticipated, as the Heat remain the best team by a wide margin.

All that said, this propels James' legacy to another level in NBA history.

Just from an MVP standpoint, a fourth allows James to equal Wilt Chamberlain and sits him directly behind Michael Jordan and Bill Russell. Atop the MVP list is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six).

What's scary is that James is only 28 years old. So, the guy has an easy five or six years to surpass all the aforementioned NBA legends.

Moving forward, a second-straight MVP positions James quite well for the 2013-14 campaign, as he has yet to win three consecutively. Only Russell, Chamberlain and Larry Bird have connected on the MVP three-peat.

Even more impressive are the expected number of potential NBA titles James can pair with the MVPs. Already having played in three NBA Finals (winning one), there's more than enough time for James to finish with the most titles among the top MVP award winners.

Unsurprisingly, though, basketball's best player displayed humility in an article by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press via Yahoo! News:

"I absolutely have not even thought about it," James said earlier this week when asked if he considered the weight of winning the award four times in five years. "I have not thought about it, until you just brought it up. I know the history. It would be a unique, unbelievable class I would be a part of, so we'll see."

Averaging 27.6 points, 6.9 assists, 7.3 rebounds and a 49.0 field-goal percentage for his career, James can play any position on the floor and dominate everyone one-on-one. Another MVP simply adds more to his illustrious resume, which will undoubtedly finish inside the Association's Hall of Fame.