LeBron James will probably be an MVP candidate for the rest of his NBA career. He won the award in 2012, 2010, and 2009, and is making a strong case for it this season. A very strong case.
James is putting up 27.3 points, 6.9 assists, and 8.2 rebounds a night for the reigning champion Miami Heat. He recently scored 30+ points while shooting over 60% from the field in an NBA record six straight games, and is shooting a ridiculous 56% shooting on the season.
James is the best basketball player in the world right now.
However, James has not won the MVP award…yet. If Carmelo Anthony, who is proving to be James’ only real competition for the title of the Most Valuable Player of 2012-13, has his way James will finish second.
Anthony has carried the New York Knicks to the second best record in the Eastern Conference, behind Miami, and has finally turned them into a contender. Anthony is pouring in 28.6 points every night, second best in the league, as well as giving New York 2.7 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game.
James and Anthony were drafted #1 and #3 overall, respectively, in the 2003 NBA drafted and have become both good friends and fierce rivals on the court over the years. Anthony has had the upper hand over James in head-to-head match-ups with a 10-6 record, and this season the Knicks are 2-0 against the Heat (although Anthony was sidelined in the second game), blowing out the champs by 20 points in both games.
With Anthony being the most prolific scorer in the league and James being the most efficient, the MVP race will probably be decided by their ability to win.
If the Anthony-led Knicks can catch Miami for the top spot in the East, ‘Melo could jump ahead of James in the MVP race.