MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena on February 7, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Before coming to the Heat, LeBron James had won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award in consecutive years. That makes a lot of sense, as he was by far the best player on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who wouldn't have been close to the being the best team in the Eastern Conference without him. Taking those years, and the rest of his NBA career, into account, you could argue that this season is the best one he's had since going pro.
So far this season LeBron is averaging 28.5 points per game, 8.2 rebounds (a career high) and 6.9 assists. He is shooting 54.6% from the field and 38.6% from 3-point range, also career highs. James also gets a ringing endorsement from his head coach. Said Erik Spoelstra: "I think he's the best player in basketball."
If LeBron keeps playing the way he has been playing so far this season, how could he not be the league MVP? Right now, the only competition he has is Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, but both player's stats or performances don't stack up well when compared to LeBron's. I think James is the front-runner for the award, and I'll be disappointed if he doesn't get it.