LeBron James is expected to join an elite host of NBA players, when the NBA officially announces that he’s won this season’s MVP award.
According to the Associated Press, the 25-year-old NBA star was voted for the honor for the second straight season. James is expected to receive the trophy on Sunday (May 2) from NBA commissioner David Stern at the University of Akron.
During the current season, he averaged 29.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 8.6 apg.
“He deserves it, he earned it all year,” Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers told the AP. “Congratulations, he deserves it. I don’t think that, with Kobe [Bryant] and [Kevin] Durant and Dwight [Howard], who I don’t think gets enough credit for what he does with their team, there’s not a lot of other choices.”
Celtics’ star Paul Pierce agreed: “If you asked players, and asked players to be honest, just based on what he achieved in that division and with that team, it should be unanimous.”
James is the 10th player to accomplish the feat. Other players include Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash.
Russell, Chamberlain and Bird won MVP honors three times in a row.
James, alongside Cleveland Cavs additions Antwain Jameson and Shaq, led his team to 61 wins in the regular season and earned the top seed in the playoffs. Despite injuries, James wwas able to carry the team throughout the season.