When looking at his season totals alone, James is no doubt the front-runner for the honor.
The 28-year-old is averaging 26.8 points, seven assists, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest (through 46 games)—all team highs. With numbers like those, James is a triple-double threat each and every night, making him the most versatile player in the NBA by far.
Adding to his incredible all-around skills and consistency in numbers, LeBron has been lights out shooting the ball lately and is giving another reminder of just how great he is.
James has made 37 of his last 47 shots, which is an astounding streak that Ethan J. Skolnick of The Palm Beach Post comically put into perspective:
LeBron is 37 for his last 47. That would have ranked ahead of several NFL kickers this season. espn.go.com/nfl/statistics…— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 9, 2013
To take this impressive stretch a step further, James is 43 for his last 59 from the field. If you like green, then you'll love what James' shot chart looks like over the past four games, per CBS Sports' Eye on Basketball:
In the last 4 games, LeBron James is 43-59. Observe. twitter.com/EyeOnBasketbal…— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) February 9, 2013
— Sergio Gonzalez (@CBSGonzalez) February 9, 2013
It isn't easy to be as consistent as James has been during this span, but he certainly makes it look easy—much like everything else he does on a basketball court.
The stiffest competition to James' MVP hopes will be Kevin Durant. The league's leading scorer is averaging 29.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game (through 49 games).
Granted, those are also solid all-around numbers and comparable to James', but Durant doesn't go on epic stretches like James is on now. That fact alone continues to put James in his own class as the best player on the planet.
Or as Wade basically said above, James boldly goes where no man has gone before, and it's what keeps him a step above the rest of the league's MVP candidates—Durant included.
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