Cleveland Cavaliers main man LeBron James has scooped up his second-consecutive MVP award, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported today. Sources cited by the Plain Dealer said James will officially receive the award from NBA commissioner David Stern on Monday at The Q, where the Cavaliers will be hosting Game 2 of their second-round playoffs series against the Boston Celtics.
At age 25, James becomes the second-youngest to win back-to-back MVPs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a couple of months younger when he won his back-to-back award in 1972. The others two win back-to-back are Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Abdul-Jabbar. Only Bird, Chamberlain and Russell ever won the award three years in a row.
“I don’t think anyone deserved it over LeBron,” Miami’s Dwyane Wade said. “LeBron could get it every year. It’s his award to lose. That’s how it is with certain players. Jordan didn’t win it every year. Jordan could have won it every year. But the criteria was apparently a little different.”
James was expected to win the award this year after averaging 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.6 assists—his best showing in his seven-year career—while also helping the Cavs finish with the best regular season record for the second-consecutive year.
“I give a lot of credit to my teammates, the coaching staff and my family,” James said last week when asked about winning a second MVP. “It solidifies a lot of hard work and dedication I was able to put in the offseason to try to get better as an individual and bring it to this team.”