Posted May 03, 2013

Reports: Heat’s LeBron James to be named Most Valuable Player

Ben Golliver, LeBron James, Miami Heat
LeBron James

LeBron James is the reigning regular-season and Finals MVP. (Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA will announce Sunday that Heat forward LeBron James has been named the 2013 Most Valuable Player, according to multiple reports.

ESPN.com and the Sun-Sentinel both reported Friday that James will receive the fourth MVP award of his career this weekend.

Back in April, FoxSportsFlorida.com reported James’ thoughts on possibly becoming one of just five players to win the award at least four times, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Bill Russell (five), Michael Jordan (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four).

“Anytime I’m mentioned with the greatest players to play the game or people period, it is a wow factor because I grew up and studied those guys and watched those guys, and a few of those guys were my inspiration growing up,” James said.

James, 28, emerged as the landslide favorite for his second consecutive MVP as he led Miami to a league-best 66-16 record that included a 27-game winning streak. James averaged 26.8 points, 8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals and shot a career-high 56.5 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from deep on the season.

The nine-time All-Star led the league in Player Efficiency Rating for the sixth straight season and finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting. James was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month in November, December, January, February and March.

The Point Forward’s Rob Mahoney laid out the case for James as MVP this season and an SI.com panel unanimously selected him for the award in April. James’ top competition for the award will likely include Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

James previously won the award in 2009 and 2010 with the Cavaliers and in 2012 with the Heat. James beat out Durant, Paul, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Spurs guard Tony Parker for the award last season and was also named 2012 Finals MVP after the Heat beat the Thunder for the first title of his career.

14 comments
Redfish
Redfish

Need to let the players vote for MVP and Defensive Player of the year - It would be interesting who they would pick among their peers and not a have to deal with a popularity contest to market players and teams by the Sterny Boy. By the way - I don't hate James, Durant, Kobe, Wade, Westbrook and a number of others, but the way the NBA markets the players and teams now and in the past to maximize profits instead of letting the cream rise to the top naturally is rather disgusting. Yes I am a Spurs fan - have been since the Gervin- Silas - Kenon days. The Spurs are the top winning percentage team not just in the NBA, but are the equal or better of teams like the Yankees and Patriots in winning of all team sports for the last 15 years. The numbers - James - .623, Duncan - .694, Parker - .695, Ginobili - .702 - that's 3rd, 2nd and 1st of all players currently playing (minimum of 500 games). Last year Parker was THE BEST player on the BEST TEAM in the regular season and nobody wanted to really talk MVP - why - He would be hard to market in a small market like S.A. Not good for NBA business, but boy if he was in New York, L.A. Miami, Boston and maybe Houston - he would have been the MVP hands down. James deserves it this year, but some of the past wins - I have to laugh. I guess we will have to settle for a Finals MVP trophy for a Spur - maybe Manu, Duncan has (3) and Parker has (1) already.

garciad12
garciad12

how cares the NBA is Lebron James  the day this fools got together for  a party and went down to Miami thats when i STOP WATCHING THE NBA

Edward14
Edward14

they should have given it to steph curry to make up for the fact that for some reason which i will never understand he wasnt voted an allstar

m.guszak
m.guszak

Take Kevin Durant away from the Thunder and you will see what MVP really is. So much hyper surrounding this award, always has.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis like.author.displayName 1 Like

Now that James has the 'never-won-a-championship' monkey off his back, I think he is more relaxed and actually playing even better. He could win a couple more of these without all that much trouble. 

GT500456
GT500456 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Hard to believe Jordan only won 5.    James has Durant to challenge him, but is there anyone else really in the MVP conversation with James these days?

therednorth1
therednorth1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

In other recently leaked news, the sky is blue.

GT500456
GT500456 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@therednorth1 LOL....no doubt, huh?   It would be as shocking to hear that there are 60 minutes in a typical hour, too.

tonyjuicey1
tonyjuicey1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am a Piston fan but I can appreciate greatness. Let the haters hate this young man is building a legacy.

John4
John4 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

He's 28 and in the prime of his career.  If he can stay healthy, getting 4-5 more championships is not out of the question.  Best of luck in the playoffs, LeBron.