I feel like this discussion is had every season: is LeBron this year’s MVP? The fact that we are constantly discussing this shows just how great LeBron James is as a basketball player. I cannot get the thought out of my head that one day we will watch an NBA season without LeBron James. That will be a sad day, but that day thankfully isn’t today. And since today isn’t that day, instead we will talk about why this season LeBron deserves to be named MVP.
To start things off, LeBron set career numbers for himself this season. He played in all 82 games this year, a first in his career, and also became the only player in NBA history to have 30,000 points, 8,000 assists, and 8,000 rebounds. Those are definitely some great achievements for LeBron, with the 82 games played being the most surprising seeing as this is The King’s 15th season as a professional basketball player. LeBron also set career high averages in rebounds and assists in a season (8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists) and tallied his most triple-doubles in a season with 18. To top off his career highlights, LeBron broke the record for scoring double digit points in consecutive games at 867 and has now extended the streak to 873 games. He led his team in minutes played, scoring, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks and leads the league in points scored. All of this is happening during Lebron’s 15th season. Let that sink in. He has been playing since he was 18 and has been dominant to this day. After hearing all of this how can you not crown LeBron as the MVP? These numbers speak for themselves, but so does LeBron and his ability to be his team’s most valuable asset.
The title of most valuable player should be given to the player who is just that: their team’s most valuable player. If LeBron isn’t the MVP of Cleveland’s roster I don’t know who is. He literally led his team in six different categories. Six. That is an absurd number of categories for a player who has played 15 seasons in the NBA. Without LeBron Cleveland is likely a lottery team, but with LeBron you can pencil them in as the favorite to win the East every year with confidence. There aren’t a lot of guys in the league that you can say make a difference like LeBron James does. He’s the ultimate facilitator for any team he graces and instantly becomes their MVP. To me, it honestly does not matter what anyone else has done this season, including Russell Westbrook averaging a triple-double for the second season in a row. If LeBron wanted to he could average a triple-double every season. But that’s what makes him so great. He wants everyone involved and does an amazing job of making that happen.
As I stated before this discussion comes around every single season. And this season more than the rest LeBron deserves to be named MVP. There isn’t a whole lot left for The King to prove this year. He played all 82 games. He led his team in pretty much every category. He leads the league in points scored. And not to mention he has done all this through a rocky up-and-down season in Cleveland. I’m sure LeBron could care less about winning MVP and cares more about winning championships, but if he does not win MVP this season the league needs to reassess how they hand out the trophy.