LeBron James has parlayed his historic season into a second-consecutive MVP Award, according to multiple reports Friday afternoon.
James reportedly won in a landslide, receiving 109 of 121 first place votes to finish well ahead of runner-up Kobe Bryant. Kevin Durant, ToTheTin’s pick for MVP, finished a distant third in the voting.
The 25 year-old James averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and a career-high 8.6 assists this season while leading the Cavs to the best record in the NBA. He shot over 50 percent from the field for the first time in his career and is expected to be named to the NBA’s all-defensive team early in May.
LeBron’s shooting numbers from 3-point range and the foul line declined slightly this year, but his understanding of the game continued to grow. His assist numbers are a reflection on his unselfishness and the improvement of his supporting cast–it certainly makes more sense to pass the ball to Anthony Parker than to the dreadful Sasha Pavlovic.
The next step towards enhancing his legacy among the pantheon of NBA greats: Win a title for poor Cleveland already.
According to reports, James will receive the award Sunday at the University of Akron. The Cavs host the Celtics Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Playoff previews coming this evening here on ToTheTin.