LeBron Is Our Pick In Close Race





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – It was a closer race than you know.

The decision to go with Heat forward LeBron James as our pick for the top spot in the final KIA Race to the MVP Ladder was not an easy one. Thunder forward and three-time scoring champ (and counting) Kevin Durant was a close second, followed by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant,  Clippers point guard Chris Paul and Spurs point guard Tony Parker.

All five of the top five finishers had strong cases for the top spot. But James, the most dominant player in the game on both ends of the floor, rose above the crowd on the strength of his versatility and his ability to affect the game in so many different ways.

Unlike our weekly updates, which were fluid and based as much on who was hot that week as well as their overall body of work, this final ranking is a reflection of an entire season worth of work. That’s why you see the likes of Dwight Howard, whose season is done, back in the mix.

We’re confident the media voters charged with picking the Maurice Podoloff Trophy winner (NBA MVP) this season will agree with our (10-deep) ballot, at least on the top three. But we’re not going to let this opportunity slip away without getting your take …


61 Comments

  1. CeeJay says:

    The NBA is a joke if lebrone fake king James gets the MVP. He forfeited that title when he left his so called kingdom and teamed up with superstars. What king in history has left his people to go to the opposing kingdom?
    I could go into more details explaining my point bit I think its just a waste of time. He has done nothing to deserve that title. His team wasn’t number one in the east. The bulls is. I thought this was and is a team sport. He could average a million points a game, that still doesn’t make him a MVP. That just proves more how selfish and arrogant he is.

    • AM says:

      It’s not a waste of time. You just don’t have any good point to give against LeBron. You haters keep saying always the same, and you showed us you know nothing when you said lebron is selfish. thank you

  2. Joe Groene says:

    Lebron James for MVP. The best player in my opinion that can have an impact on both sides of the court. The man can and has played all positions in a single game. That is what makes him unique, valuable, “MVP”.

  3. Realist says:

    To all those saying the Heat would be 2nd or 3rd in the east without Lebron. Im sorry but there is no way in hell the Heat would be anywhere near the 2nd seed in the east without him. Have you seen how terrible they are when he is out of the game. The heat are Lebron James, especially with Wade being injured as much as he has been this year. I say the Heat are 5th in the east without James at best.

  4. CDM says:

    MVP FOR LEBRON

  5. Laos says:

    Yeah I’d say LeBron. He dominates and affects the game the most. I watched all season and saw that he was the most consistent in all the Heat players from both scoring and defensive plays. Durant and Bryant comes in second.

  6. Bro says:

    Mvp, sure. But he won’t get a ring this year.

  7. john says:

    Guys accept the reality,,even the media and NBA staffs KD saying that LBJ deserved the MVP award this season…..you must be accept okiessssss…………….see you next season and i cant wait for the play off…. Heat and NYK is is a nice match game…..

  8. Chrs says:

    Kobe was ALWAYS clutch. LEBRON was CLUTCH, BUT NOT when it mattered.

  9. Badong says:

    Lebron James must be the MVP for this year..i dont want to campare him to michael jordan but the feeling when his playing the game is so much the same as like michael was playing during 90’s..Lebron is Michael Wade is Pippen and Bosh is Rodman..Thats why everybody wants to beat these guys because of the skills they got and impact to the game..

  10. edwinesis says:

    mvp well deserved by lebron james, now its time to win the nba finals and grab that ring.

  11. byron says:

    I think Kevin Durant should get MVP because he its leading the league in scoring and he put Okc on the map….so y not him NBA been playing Kevin for years, he should of been had at lease one already but everybody on lebum(LeBron) side…Idk y and he is not the best player in the NBA Kobe will always be until he retire, then kd is next and I bet everybody that Kevin Durant will win a title before Lebron..don’t forget about the Bulls either cause they on a mission and can’t wait to play the heatless (heat)…that’s all I have to say but kd for MVP Mr. underrated

  12. Heats For ever says:

    LeBron is just such a great player , with just so good stats , even if kevin durant scored a lot of points and koby to they arent just so good as Lebron is decerves it !!!

  13. Jervin Cau says:

    Lebron James always deserve the best, he will have the ring this year… NBA Champion is just a matter of time…

  14. gerald says:

    Lebron Raymone James deserved it ! Simply say “Check the Stat” and “We are all WITNESSES”

  15. jack says:

    Hi, I am from wild, wild east – Australia – and due to the time difference etc I am not able to follow all the news, but nevertheless can someone explain to me why Derreck Rose is not even considered this year for mvp? I saw him many times on your website at daily top ten, and he was fantastic. And why he does not appear under the individaul stats in scoring section, althought he got like 22 pts per game? thanks jack

  16. Taylorf says:

    No whats funny is all u guys talk about lebron…what about dwayne? the whole entire playoffs lastyear dwade did it all…lebron couldnt score in the playoffs last year….wade took the whole team on his back…if yall dont remember just look at the heat highlights after the first round

  17. Borkie says:

    TRUE MVP FOR ME KEVIN DURANT AND TONY PARKER. BOTH OF THEM DESERVES IT.

  18. LeBron James is the best… Who more??? I’m sorry, but he’s Number one…

  19. aaron says:

    regular season awards dont matter after Lebrons disappearing act last year in the Finals, what Lebron does at playoff time does. that being said, i cannot disagree with his MVP choice this year, but its still too close between Lebron and KD. Personally, id go with Durant over Lebron because he has the stats, and has taken his game to a new level this year, defense included, and led an OKC team thats not as good as the Heat to a better overall record. to me thats impressive enough to win the MVP

  20. akosibonik says:

    making a team better is the reason of being a mvp, i think most of you will agree that maybe LBJ did this with miami, yea of course, that’s the reason why he is on top of this race, and no doubt sure mvp, you can argue durant, maybe not, because westbrook is posting good numbers too. yes James has dwade and bosh, MVP is the a award given to a person that makes his team good. or maybe great, in okc, durant does the scoring, but westbrook does the scoring too, AND facilitating for him. James is scoring AND facilitating for his team. argueably, cp3 should be second, but because of their record, he is not, but if their record is good atleast top 2 in the west, it should be lebron vs cp3.

  21. karl is crazy says:

    Are you crazy Karl? ur telling us that durant should get the trophy bec of his stats?!!! compare it to lebron stats and tell me who is the righteous ones… lebron shoots less but their ppg differential was only .9… and lebron did it with higher fg pecentage…

  22. cancer26 says:

    I totally disagree! Lebron doesn’t deserve to be the MVP!

  23. pat says:

    half of yas are just trying to pick the lebron fans…i am one of those lebron obsessors…someone even tried bringing back the “lebron cant finish games”….haha its funny really, my mate does the same thing…he may have choked but all in all a team game cant rely on one person…but indeed ma man deserves this more than anything…im not sure about the ring…theyll have to really pull together cos those numbers heat were putting up without the big 3, puts them in the same category as the bobcats…good enough for nba but not good enough to win…

    hope you do it LBJ

  24. meow says:

    most improve for tony parker ,durant for mvp

  25. smith says:

    i really love when kobe fans are losing hahaha losing badly ,,, losing w/o a fight , kobe? not even close wahahaha LBJ mvp this past 4 years

  26. welcome back to reality says:

    LBJ 3rd MVP a sure thing, done deal,. but a ring quite not sure but i’m sure he will do his best and take HEAT to the PROMISE LAND this time :D.. go heat!!

  27. Shomari says:

    Someone please slap the guy who said LeBron didnt deserve the first two…He deserved those more than this one…Which he also deserves…He also got snubbed on one his third year when they gave it to Nash,,,

  28. NYG27 says:

    I wish melo played all the season like he has since woodson took over. Anyway i think Kobe deserves MVP and if not Durant. Don’t get me wrong, lebron is great, but how is someone who chokes like him MVP. I just think the MVP should be semi clutch, i mean your down 1 and theres 10 seconds left and the league MVP doesn’t have the ball. There’s something wrong with that.

  29. 100man says:

    Im a fan of Lebron, congratulations… But watch out! Durant is on your tail! You slip up and Durant will be the MVP.

  30. epod says:

    Kevin Durant is the true MVP, at only 23 he’s determined in steering his team to winning games up to the finals,unlike Lebron he doesn’t like to win just like what he did in his last games at Cleveland and the games he played last finals againts Dallas as we all know haha..

  31. Bron Man says:

    congratulations to the king, Lebron Raymone James! he definitely deserved this 3rd and prized MVP, next up is the champ ring and the finals MVP, he’s gon be baggin these all up! go heat!

  32. jj says:

    Lin seriously? lEBRON #1 kEVIN # 2

  33. KingJay says:

    LeBron deserves every bit of this. With all the criticism he recieved last year he came back on a misson and improved as a leader,rebounder, and a post up foward. He is also shooting over 50% from the field. LeBron is the most talented player the NBA has ever seen. Im not saying he is the best(although close to it when its all said and done) however he is the most talented.

  34. David says:

    James again is a big no-no for me. No player should have 3 MVPs and 0 rings. Durant all the way, scoring champion and MVP.

  35. the truth says:

    WHY? lebron probably had the best statistical season by anyone … but the heat would still be the 2nd or 3rd bet team in the east without him … i would give it to tony parker or kevin durant but probably durant bc he is more VALUABLE to his teams success… and rubio was right .. wow he beat the nets who might i say where probably the best team in the league right ???? wow … but you know what. now that bron has his little mvp trophy to put in the case hes happy with his egotistical self and he most likely wont win a ring this year again bc he can finish a game especially in the playoffs especially in the finals

  36. TRUE MVP SHOULD HAVE BEST RECORD says:

    Well, dear NBA, it was believed that the MVP should also have his team carry the best record.

    For this one and only reason that Kobe Bryant wasn’t mvp a few years ago when he jotted 35 ppg. Absurd, he had a spectacular year yet, the Suns had a better record.

    Steve Nash got it because the suns had a better record, so i believe that Tony Parker deserves it.

    Same with Jordan vs magic, Jordan used to post up great number in the 80s but Lakers used to have the best record so Magic got the 80s MVPs until Jordan came to rule the 90s WITH the bulls. The best record carries the MVP, thats how the NBA has acted for so long.

    Now who is to refute that the team with the best record has been carrying MVP trophies for a while, who is to say Lebron didnt have a great season? He had, but his team wasnt the best, so he shouldnt deserve it.

    I’d go with Tony Parker and Coach Poppovich, give them they deserve it, the TEAM made them deserve it.

    • AM says:

      If the MVP belongs to someone that has been playing on the team with te best record, then it should go to someone in the Bulls team, don’t you think? Let’s give it to Carlos Boozer who played all games for the Bulls this season instead of Tony Parker.. (sarcasm, just in case you didn´t notice)

  37. iwillfilm says:

    The most valuable player is Jeremy Lin, both as a team player who raised is team up, helped discover the amazing play of Novak, Shumpert, even Tyson Chandler, not to mention J Jefferies, everyone even Melo played harder when he came back, saved the for the New York on what would have been another failure year with superstars in Year 2, and temporarily saved Dantoni’s job. He should also win Most valuable Play for business, he helped the NBA BRAND, and raised MSG stock by millions, most Valuable World ICON giving hope to not only Asians but all nationalities and different types of atheletes who may think they don’t have a chance at MLSports. I know it was short lived, but come on, MVP!

    Okay…I’m a huge JLIN fan, but serious, he did some amazing things. Doesn’t that make him valuable?

    • Sports Talker says:

      Jeremy Lin missed so many games and the Knicks still managed to win with Woodson as teh coach. To me Woodson is the true MVP of that team.

  38. mhel06 says:

    mvp is obviously for lbj my idol ever-since!!!! i thank those critics against him coz it made him more tough and proved to them that they are so much wrong!!! next step, the RING!!! go heat!!!!

  39. The MVP 101 says:

    Lebron….mvp…..this yr….yes, he has had amazing year….even though Kevin Durant led the league in scoring, he doesn’t have to share the ball with two other super-stars as Lebron does. Now the Black Mamba, and Mr. Kevin do bring a good game, what they does best at is shooting….with Kobe…not much else. And Tony Parker is very commendable……after all he is getting old, and not many point guards win mvp….(he is one of the best PG) Most people forget that Lebron never even had to go to college….was the youngest player to join the NBA…..and is only 27!!!!!! i think Lebron deserves the Most Valuable Player Award this year.
    ……may the best player win….

  40. Ken says:

    Kevin Durant!!! I don’t know why James!

  41. googergieger says:

    I actually agree he probably deserves it this year. The only thing I have against him winning this year is he didn’t deserve his first two. Well he didn’t deserve two. Especially back to back. I’d go with Parker myself. Career year. He and Pop led that team to the best record in the west. Second best over all. He and Pop did such a great job they could rest games and do it in limited minutes. Imagine if Parker played as much as the other guys? Then again Parker’s name doesn’t sell and isn’t hyped for the fans to buy into it.

    Dunno it feels more and more like these awards/honors are like the Oscars. Everyone that wins are the people that always win. Or the new people that are always going to win.

    • lebron deserved both of those mvps and should of been defensive player of the year he was ballin those years in the reagular season

    • Knickfan says:

      you say he didnt deserve his first two? Are you out of your mind? Please check the year that lebron win the mvp. back to back 60 win season. triple double like numbers. What can you ask for? Learn your lesson before you speak man

  42. Rubio says:

    That’s funny, they’re showing LeBrooms Highlights against the NETS, a Team Miami apparently can’t beat with out him.

    • Qureshi says:

      thats exactly why they put his highlights against the nets because the heat cant win cant win withought him so thats
      another reason why he should be MVP

  43. HeatFTW! says:

    I’m a HUGE LeBron fan so of course I’m going to say he deserves the MVP this season. But, I have to say, Kevin Durant and Tony Parker have had a brilliant season as well. But, neither of the two can do what LeBron is capable of- play any position on the floor and be great at it. Why not Kobe? Kobe is a shooter….that’s about it. He rarely shares the ball, an ok rebounder, etc…..he has no chance compared to LeBron, Kevin, and Tony

    • Hell Yeah says:

      I completely agree except for one thing. Kobe is not a shooter (FG% – 43%, 3P% – 29%), He simply shoots a lot of shots. He’s a misser.

  44. me says:

    i think yes, but not ring for him xd

  45. abo21 says:

    LEBRON IS DESERVED TO BE THE MVP…. HE HAD ONE OF THE BEST SEASONS IN NBA HISTORY…. WHILE PUTING UP UNREAL NUMBERS…. HE DOMINATED IN A LOT OF WAYS WHO ARE NOT SEEN IN THE STAT SHEET….. GOOD FOR HIM 3rd MVP IN AGE 27…. CRAZY!!!! NOW HE JUST NEED TO GET A RING WITH A FINALS MVP AND JUST BE LEBRON IN THE FINALS AND THAT SHOULD DO IT…… IF HE WINS A RING THIS YEAR ALONG WITH AN MVP AND A FINALS MVP HE WILL BE IN THE TOP 10 EVER…..AND AGAIN IN AGE 27…… HE IS JUST STARTING HES PRIME YEARS…… GO LEBRON!!!

  46. rr says:

    Cheaters!

  47. Coach Dee says:

    Just sure hope he deserves it more than just skills and hype.

  48. kobe says:

    LEBRON IS MVP…MAKES ME MAD..BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT IT HE HAD ONE OF THE BEST SEASONS EVER..BUT PLAYOFFS ARE A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALL GAME..GO LAKERS….LA IN 6 OVER NUGGETS

  49. Coach Dee says:

    Most Valuable Player is NOT that valuable anymore. Hype is all there is. Like a balloon, just air.

    I’m still smelling the smokes of the ’99.. LOL