5 Reasons Why LeBron James Should Be The 2014 NBA MVP

5 Reasons Why Lebron James Should Win MVP

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There are other really good players in the NBA, but Lebron James is still far and away the best player on the planet. James is a four-time NBA MVP, and his level of play this season has been just as good as it was during any of his previous MVP campaigns.

Here are the five reasons why James should win his fifth career MVP award.

5. Rebounding

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5. Rebounding

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James is averaging just under seven rebounds per game, and has six games with double-digit rebounds this season. He has the size advantage over guards and small forwards, and has the athletic ability to get rebounds over bigger players.

4. Defense

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4. Defense

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At 6-foot-8, 250 pounds, James has the size and athleticism to guard all five positions on the court. When needed, he has the defensive ability to shut down just about any guard or forward in the league. He ranks 14th in the league in steals this season, and always brings the threat of the chase down block from behind.

3. Efficiency Around The Basket

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3. Efficiency Around The Basket

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Lebron is tied for the league lead in points in the paint with Al Jefferson of the Charlotte Bobcats. He's the only player in the top 10 of that category who doesn't primarily play center or power forward. When James is aggressive and driving to the basket, putting him on the line is just about the only way to prevent an easy two points.

2. Passing Ability

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2. Passing Ability

Lebron James Pass
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Lebron's passing ability is the most overlooked aspect of his game. He ranks 14th in the league in assists per game, and is the only player in the top 15 who doesn't play point guard. His ability to dish it out to teammates makes him even more unstoppable when he drives to the basket. Defenders must choose to help on the drive or stay with their man, and they are often beaten no matter which option they choose.

1. Shooting Percentage

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1. Shooting Percentage

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The Heat forward has improved his field goal percentage every year since 2007, and he's shooting a blistering 56.7 percent from the field this season. That's good for fourth in the league, but James is the only player in the top 10 of that category with more than 1,000 attempts on the season, and he has 1,353. That offensive efficiency, along with the fact that he excels at every aspect of the game, is why James should win his third straight MVP.

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