LeBron James Wins First NBA MVP

Carmine CarusoCorrespondent IMay 4, 2009

It’s being reported that LeBron James, one of the NBA’s best all-around players, has won the 2008-'09 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. In six seasons, this is James’ first MVP Award, but it comes with little to no surprise.

LeBron finished second in the NBA in scoring this year with 28.4 points per game. James finished ninth in assists as well with 7.2 per game, and hauled in 7.6 rebounds per night.

James led his Cleveland Cavaliers to a 66-16 2008-2009 record. With that, they own the Eastern top seed in the NBA playoffs. The results of this year’s playoffs have obviously not been determined, but the Cavaliers, thanks in huge part to LeBron, are the favorites to win it all this season.

This is just another addition to the young star’s already overflowing trophy rack. LeBron has played in all five All Star games since 2005, winning MVP of those games twice.

Last year and in 2006, LeBron made the All-NBA First Team, making the second team in ‘05 and ‘07. He should without a doubt earn first-team honors this year as well.

He won Rookie of the Year in 2004, making the All-Rookie first team that year.

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Last year, LeBron was the scoring leader in the NBA, and fell just 82 points short of a repeat performance to Dwyane Wade this season.

James also has four awards for his country: He and Team USA won the gold medal in last year’s Summer Olympics, the bronze in 2004’s Summer Olympics, the gold in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, and bronze in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.