Posted May 05, 2013

Heat’s LeBron James named Most Valuable Player

Ben Golliver, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder
LeBron James, center, poses with the 2013 MVP trophy, flanked by coach Erik Spoelstra and Heat president Pat Riley. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

LeBron James, center, receives the 2013 MVP trophy from Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

The NBA announced Sunday that Heat forward LeBron James has been named the 2013 Most Valuable Player, the fourth time he’s won the award during his career. The selection was not unanimous.

“I just try to be the best player on the court every single night when I step on the floor,” James said at a press conference in Miami. “This really doesn’t mean much to me. I’m humbled. I’m happy about it. I wish there were 15 of these [trophies] up here because this great group of guys allows me to be the MVP each and every night.”

James received 1,207 points and 120 out of a possible 121 first-place votes, with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony receiving one vote. James beat out, in order: Thunder forward Kevin Durant (765 points), Anthony (475 points), Clippers guard Chris Paul (289 points) and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (184 points). Full results are below.

“It was probably a writer out of New York who didn’t give me that vote,” James said of Anthony’s first-place vote. “We know the history between the Heat and Knicks so I get it.”

The nine-time All-Star 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.

James, 28, 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.

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.

Here’s the full voting tally.

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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 previously won the award in 2009 and 2010 with the Cavaliers and in 2012 with the Heat. James beat out Durant, Paul, Bryant and 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.

36 comments
RobertJacke
RobertJacke

LABomb crying again not getting the all the votes just like last week when he didnt win the defensive player of the year. Maybe La Bomb would be hapier if he won all the awards, maybe the rookie of the year, coach of the year and even the GM of the year.......

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

Can easily sum up what the comments on this thread are


Either hating LBJ for no reason other than the usual, or somehow hating him as a homer for Durant or Anthony. 

Kevin Durant had a great season - but he was the 2nd best player this year... the MVP voting was pretty stinking accurate this year, except Melo should have been 4th and Paul 3rd... other than that I think it accurately reflects the tiers of players at the top of the NBA

biglio
biglio

Is it my impression or Pat Riley looks like Antony Hopkins' twin in this picture.......

Jive_Turkey
Jive_Turkey

LBJ may have added another mvp but we wont add another RING. Not this year anyway.  I have a c-note that says miami WONT win the championship. who wants some?

ed.troup
ed.troup

Ummm...Melo?  Melo??  Melo???  I could understand Durant, but Melo???  Had to be a New York writer...anything east of the Hudson and south of Jersey, they can't comprehend.

OK
OK

ESPN bought-and-paid-for the "award" to The Queen.

ESPN's put all its money into The Queen, The Little Bosh Woman, and Show Me The Green or I Ain't Playin' For The Red, White, and Blue.

riley8
riley8

MJ has more personality and charisma in his big toe than Bron Bron does.  Add to that the fact that Le Queen has the IQ of his shoe size and it makes sense why the NBA loses popularity with each passing season.  He doesn't care about the MVP award?  Yeah sure.

garciad12
garciad12

the NFL is king I do agree the current Miami Heat team is appointed by the lamest sports leader (David Stern) around any league  o yeah MLB also is like the minor league like the NBA... NFL and FIFA ruled in sports one more thing NBA needs to remove WORLD CHAMPIONS when a team wins the sorry NBA championship its played in the USA,come on.

Jo
Jo

Whoever voted for Melo, he wanted to hitch with Lebron's popularity. Sorry though, your vote shows how pathetic you are to get publicity.

greatUnknown
greatUnknown

And there goes any chance for any upsets against the Heat.  As if LeBron needed any more motivation.

Redfish
Redfish

Let the players vote for this award.

DJHOUSE89
DJHOUSE89

Lebron could easily lead the league in scoring, he chooses not to. He wants championships. He did manage to average 26 ppg while shooting an INSANE .565 from the field. Durant, who did not lead the league in scoring by the way, averaged 28.1 ppg on .510 shooting. Lebron averaged 7.3 apg to Durant's 4.8 apg. Lebron was second in defensive player of the year voting. The Heat had a 27 game winning streak. Lebron had a PER of 31.67 to Durant's 28.35. Durant is good, but no question Lebron is better. 

rjsteeler
rjsteeler

Obviously 120 idiots don't know the meaning of MVP. Kevin Durant leading scorer and carried his team to the playoffs. And is the now leading scorer on the playoffs and carrying his team. James doesn't lead in any statistical category's and is on the NBA's...David Sterns appointed team. It's Most Valuable Player...not David Sterns pick!! Grow a pair voters and do your job. NBA is now a D league compared to Bird,Magic Jordan and a long list of others...days. James would be a bench player in those days!!! TV ratings will be the lowest ever this year and NBA is irrelevant!!!

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

If someone wanted to vote for someone besides Lebron, I'm okay with that.  But Anthony shouldn't have been that choice. He wasn't even top 5.  Just a NY homer.

JosephLenairColvin
JosephLenairColvin

The idiot that gave melo a vote clearly didn't pay attention to the whole season he started good lagged in the middle and finished strong Lebron started strong and finished strong with no kinda lag

Mr. J
Mr. J

@RobertJacke Yawn!!,,,,,,Another bitter Cleveland fan..it will be okay you will get over it when hell freezes over.....Group Hug!!!!

Mr. J
Mr. J

@Jive_Turkey Don't jump off the bridge when the repeat happens okay Pal!

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@OK  Im convinced OK is not only an avid LBJ hate troll, but also a 14 year old kid mashing away on his cell phone 

JonathanD
JonathanD

@OK ESPN paid off 120 writers from every major sports publication to vote for Lebron so that....so that what, exactly?

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@riley8 lol grow up, seriously... basketball is a team sport... he said what he was supposed to say - stop looking for reasons to hate... just ridiculous

JonathanD
JonathanD

@riley8 You seem to not know much about MJ's personality, Lebron's IQ, or the NBA's current success.

JonathanD
JonathanD

@Redfish You think the players have time to pay attention to what 300+ players on over 30 teams are doing every night?

Cherrie
Cherrie

@rjsteeler when you pointed your finger to the IDIOTS who, according to you, do not know the meaning of MVP, your other fingers were pointing at YOU, because you are the idiot here!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@rjsteeler So, there are either 120 'idiots' or two. Which is more likely?

Oh, I say 'two' because I'm thinking of the guy who thinks there are 120.

Jo
Jo

@rjsteeler Irrelevant? Really? Looks like more than sourgraping. Maybe you should watch other teams play rather than the Thunders to see who is most deserving to win the MVP.

JacobDockter
JacobDockter

@rjsteeler  You are calling other being unintelligent because they don't vote for the player who scores the most points? Wow. What are you 12?

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@rjsteelerFor some reason I made it past the "120 idiots" part which is where I'd normally stop reading but couldn't make it past "Kevin Durant leading scorer" because that's when I knew for a fact that you don't know you're talking about.  Anthony was the leading scorer and most people know that.

newshamg
newshamg

@rjsteeler Stop the idiocy. Lebron James currently is on a different level by far than any other player of today.

And James walks into the starting lineup of any team in NBA history - that also is a clear fact. I noticed you trotted off some names of past players yet why do I get the feeling you weren't old enough to remember some if not most of them. I've been watching the league since the mid 1960's and Lebron James is up there with pretty much anyone I have ever seen.

AdrianColeman
AdrianColeman

@rjsteeler Nice to see that the IQ of fans is so much high now than in the old days.  Or not.  Whatever.  You're like the Melo of trollvps.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

@Mr. J @RobertJacke Not a Cavs fan dont like ball players whining and crying when they dont win everything, And LaBomb sure whines a lot!!!!!

Redfish1
Redfish1

@JonathanD @Redfish YEP they play eachteam at least twice during the season and know more about what is going on than the so called experts by far. Let the true insiders vote.

JonathanD
JonathanD

@Redfish1 @JonathanD @Redfish Pretty obviously you're someone who hasn't dealt with athletes at an elite level.  Trust me, not only would the favoritism and self-serving votes be rampant, but only the most informed players know how well other players are doing in the 78-80 games where they didn't play them.