LeBron James joined elite company in earning his fourth MVP trophy in five seasons, securing the award this year as a result of the most efficient season of his career.
LeBron James holds up his MVP trophy before Game 1 twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 6, 2013
James shot an incredible 56.5 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from behind the arc in the regular season, en route to 26.8 points in 37.9 minutes per game. He added 7.3 assists and 8.0 rebounds per contest in 76 starts.
James’ tremendous performance propelled the Miami Heat to their 66-16 record, which includes a stretch of 27 straight wins that spanned nearly two months.
The Chicago Bulls snapped that streak on March 27—the same Bulls in front of which James was presented the trophy before Game 1 of Miami’s second-round playoff series Monday evening.
The 2013 MVP has carried his tremendous regular season into the playoffs as well. In four games this postseason (against the Milwaukee Bucks), James averaged 24.5 points, 6.8 assists and 7.8 rebounds in just 36.8 minutes per contest. He’ll look to continue that momentum against a team that played the Heat to a 2-2 regular-season record in 2012-13.
At 28 years of age, this makes James the youngest four-time MVP in league history, but the decision wasn’t quite unanimous. Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe was the only voter not to vote for James, instead giving it to New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.