NBA MVP 2012: LeBron James Should Narrowly Beat out Kevin Durant for Award

May 5th, 2012 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »
You may like LeBron James, or you may not. You may think he's a great guy, or you still might be holding "The Decision" against him. You may think he carries the load for the Miami Heat, or you might think they make him look better.

I don't care what you think, because no matter how you see it, LeBron James absolutely deserves to be the NBA MVP this season. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder made a strong case, but ultimately, didn't have the full body of work that LeBron offered.

LeBron offers the full resume, with 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. Oh, and he generally plays stifling defense and is capable of playing four positions on the court if needed.

It's hard to ignore his value this season.

Sure, Kevin Durant led the NBA in scoring (28.0 PPG) and contributes on the glass (8.0 RPG). But he isn't the complete player James is—either statistically or given the eye test, not yet at least.

And he doesn't pass the "value to team" test over James that Derrick Rose used to win last year's award.

While LeBron's numbers were more impressive than Rose's stats last season, the ar ...

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