And the MVP for the 2012-13 NBA season is… (drumroll) LeBron James! Not much for suspense. It was a one man show for the majority of the season. LeBron James has won his 4th MVP in the past 5 seasons and is one of few players in the NBA to win that many. He belongs in a select group with only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has six, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell, who have five, and Wilt Chamberlain, who has four.
While 25.5 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, 6.9 assists per game, 1.6 steals per game and .8 blocks per game may not quite seem like a historical benchmark, his worth is felt in other factors than those basic box score categories. He finished second in defensive player of the year voting and helped lead the Heat to the best record in the league with a remarkable 28 game winning streak. His PER (Player Efficiency Rating) will finish among the top 10 all time since the metric can be calculated in 1978. He also scored at an incredible rate, with a 64 TS%. Think about this, despite shooting increasingly more jumpshots, he still scored at a rate of 1.5 points per shot. We are seeing one of the all time great players in his prime. All I can ask is that you enjoy it while he is at this remarkable level.
The team MVP was a difficult designation but Al Horford seems like the man for this title. He averaged a double double for the entire season and was the go-to guy for the entire season. In a shifty season that saw many different players between the last two season and a multitude of different starting lineups, he was a constant force down low provide scoring punch and solid defense. He also happens to be one of the few constants going forward as the Hawks have much work to do this offseason but rest assured Horford has elevated his game into being one of the truly elite players in the NBA.