LeBron on historic MVP: ‘It’s very humbling’
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI – In what was a foregone conclusion all season, leaked Friday and made official on Sunday, Miami Heat forward LeBron James was named the 2012-13 NBA MVP.
It was the fourth time in his 10-year career that James has won the award, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six MVPs), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four) as the only players to win MVP at least four times.
“I’m a historian of the game. I know these guys paved the way for myself and the rest of us who are now active. It’s very humbling,” James said on Saturday.
James did not lead the league in any major category, but he led the league in all-around play, averaging 26.8 points, eight rebounds and 7.3 assists while shooting a career-high 56.5% from the field. He is the only player in NBA history, according to basketball-reference, to average at least 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and shot at least 56% from the field.
He also averaged 1.7 steals and shot a career-high 40.3% on three-pointers, leading the Heat to the league’s best record at 66-16.
During Miami’s 27-game winning streak – the second longest streak in NBA history – James averaged 27 points, 8.1 rebounds, eight assists, 1.9 steals and shot 57.5% from the field. He had 15 double-doubles and two triple-doubles in those 27 games.
He also became the first player to score at least 30 points and shoot at least 60% in six consecutive games. In the seventh game, he had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Miami’s 110-100 victory at Oklahoma City. But he shot only 58.3%.
“He’s a total team guy,” teammate and friend Dwyane Wade said. “He’s humble. … He’s special. He understands the gift God gave him and he understands not many have it and it doesn’t last for too long and he wants to make sure he maximizes it.”