There really wasn’t any player more deserving of the MVP than LeBron James of the Miami Heat. I wrote a post a few weeks ago, making a case for Kevin Durant and Tony Parker, more so Parker than Durant. But in the end, James captured his third MVP award of his career. James had one of the highest PER’s in a season since Michael Jordan. James was one of the most efficient, cerebral, and relentless players this season even though he has been criticized for his unwillingness to take the “big” shot. James averaged 27 ppg, 8 rpg, and 6 apg while shooting 53% from the field and a career-high 36% from the three-point line. James beat-out Durant and Parker to win his third MVP. Durant averaged 28 ppg and 8 rpg, shot 49.6% from the field and won his third scoring title in his young career. Parker led the Spurs to the best regular season record in the Western Conference and averaged a career-high 7.7 apg, but I think playing for the most-balanced team in the league hurt Parker’s chances at winning the MVP.
All three players were deserving of this award, but James will be the one holding it up before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. But MVP awards shouldn’t be something that possesses James. Instead, winning titles should be something that should possess James.
He is still in-search of that elusive first ring.
What do you think James wants more: a ring or three MVP’s?
I think we all know the answer to that question.
- 2012 NBA MVP Award: Why Kevin Durant Deserved Honors More Than LeBron James (bleacherreport.com)
- AP Source: James wins 3rd NBA MVP award (nbcsports.msnbc.com)
- LeBron James named MVP (twitchy.com)
- AP Source: James wins 3rd NBA MVP award (wtvm.com)
- AP Source: James Wins 3rd NBA MVP Award (abcnews.go.com)