1. LeBrawn James
LeBron won the MVP four times and – sorry, James Harden fans – I think he deserves to take home his fifth this year. He leads the league in minutes and points. He’s second in assists and eleventh in rebounds. Look at his stats season by season. Like a cyborg, LeBron basically churns out an efficient 26-7-7 every year. Since Feb. 1, he’s averaging 28.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 9.8 assists on 53.9 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from 3. Oh, and this:
LeBron is 33 years old. It’s his 15th season. He’s 18th all-time in minutes played. He’s gone to seven consecutive finals and sits second all-time in playoff minutes. His accumulated mileage is astronomical. He shouldn’t still be this good. He shouldn’t keep reaching historical statistical benchmarks. Yet, here we are, beholding his magnum opus.
Distilled down to its purest essence, the best player in a game always wields the power to change its outcome. That’s especially true for LeBron, the closest thing we’ve seen to omnipotence on a basketball court. Above all else, he gives Cleveland a chance at winning the title against anyone. He is the alpha and omega.
Come June, we’ll see if the NBA’s version of Hercules can fight off the hordes, beat the odds, and add another trophy to his mantle. Maybe he’ll even slay a Lernaean hydra along the way. If anyone can do it, it’s LeBron.