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LeBron James: Why the King Is the NBA's MVP so Far This Season

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 19:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena on January 19, 2012 in Miami, 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Coming off of a season filled with animosity and disappointment, LeBron James is arguably playing the best basketball of his career.

James' 2011-2012 season has seen him post the highest field goal percentage of his career so far, shooting .551 percent from the floor. Combine that with 29.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 7 APG, and you have your future 2011-2012 MVP.

James, who trails only Kobe Bryant for the lead in points per game by 0.8, has the Miami Heat (16-5) sitting atop the Southeast Division and only one game out of first place in the entire Eastern Conference, as the Chicago Bulls currently hold that position.

While Bryant edges James in scoring, he doesn't have the rebound, assist or field goal percentage numbers that James possesses and his Los Angeles Lakers currently sit at No. 6 in the Western Conference standings at 13-9.

Aside from that, Bryant's FG percentage ranks only eighth-best among all shooting guards, while James leads all small forwards in that category.

Last season's MVP Derrick Rose has his Bulls in prime position if the playoffs were to begin tomorrow, but again, his numbers aren't as impressive as No. 6's.

Rose is averaging 23.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 7.8 APG and a .458 FG percentage. While James and Rose play two different positions and are expected to post different types of numbers, let's put Rose's numbers in perspective with other point guards.

There are seven PGs who are currently averaging more APG than Rose, including Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Ricky Rubio.

There are 10 PGs who are averaging more RPG than Rose, including John Wall, Ricky Rubio, Russell Westbrook, Andre Miller and Deron Williams.

James, on the other hand, leads all SFs in PPG, RPG, APG and FG percentage. That means he tops last season's NBA Scoring Champion Kevin Durant in essentially every statistical category.

James also boasts the most double-doubles this season among all SFs with nine.

If James continues putting up massive numbers like this throughout the remainder of the season, he'll undoubtedly be hoisting his third MVP trophy as the 2011-2012 MVP.