Is LeBron James the favorite to win 4th MVP?
At the end of last season, LeBron James joined Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone on the list of players who can boast about having at least three regular season MVP awards. Is LeBron going to take another step up this list this year and surpass Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Moses Malone by winning his fourth regular season MVP award? LeBron James made it clear last season that he would gladly exchange all his individual accolades, if that meant finally winning an NBA championship.
Following last year's success, James will finally be able to add a championship ring to his rich collection of individual awards. Now that the pressure is somewhat off his shoulders, could we see James take down, not only a few more championships, but also regular season MVP awards?
I think he's still the favourite, but it's by no means a sure thing, if Durant can continue to build on his skill-set and production then he could start stealing MVPs on the regular, and Chris Paul is another guy who could be in the conversation if he can lead the Clippers to a top-two finish in the West.
If Wade has a bounce-back season and starts putting up his typical numbers that will hurt Lebron's chances too, because Lebron really had to carry the burden with both Wade and Bosh missing a number of games, and that nullified the "he has too much help" argument people used against him the year Rose won it.
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