LeBron James Not MVP? Am I Missing Something?

Joe MintzerCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks over the defense during the game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on February 21, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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I have been hearing a lot of different names for MVP consideration. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant are the most common, but I have even heard whispers of Dwight Howard. But I ask, why?

Is there really any question that LeBron James deserves to be the NBA's most valuable player?

I'm trying to comprehend how Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant are more deserving of the award than LeBron James. Just look at the stats.

LeBron James

PPG 30.0


RPG 7.10


APG 8.5


FG% 50


Kobe Bryant

PPG 27.7


RPG 5.30


APG 4.7


FG% 46


Kevin Durant

PPG 29.7


RPG 7.60


APG 2.9


FG% 48


So tell me why LeBron is not MVP. Is it because Kevin Durant is out-rebounding him by .50?

Has Kevin Durant led his team to the best record in the NBA? No, that would be LeBron.

The argument for Kobe is a little stronger because the Lakers have the second-best record in the NBA, but I still believe LeBron deserves it more. Kobe has dealt with a lot of injuries this year and hasn't been able to help his team at certain parts of the year. And throw in that he also has one of the best supporting casts in the NBA. 

Granted, LeBron does have Antawn Jamison now, but he is a very recent addition and he is still learning the Cavaliers offense.

The MVP is the award for the player that is the most valuable to their team. LeBron is the ONLY reason the Cavaliers are even a contender. Without Kobe, the Lakers would probably be decent.

I will say that the Thunder would probably not be anything without Durant, but I don't think he is MVP quite yet. I think Durant has many MVP awards ahead of him but 2010 belongs to the king, LeBron James.