The MVP race was expected to be a two-man race between James and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, who said last month that James “deserves all the love [for MVP]. He’s playing phenomenal basketball. I’m just blessed to be in that conversation.”
James finished third in the league in scoring (27.1 per game), fourth in steals (1.85), 13th in assists (6.2), 25th in rebounds (7.9) . He also was 11th in field goal percentage. His rebounding average equaled a career high, and his 53.1 field goal percentage was a career high and well above his 48.3 career average. James also posted the NBA’s highest efficiency rating (29.85).
James, who won the MVP award as a member of the Clevland Cavaliers in 2009 and 2010, becomes the 8th player to win the MVP award at least 3 times.
Via Miami Herald