LeBron James named NBA MVP for fourth time, becomes fifth player to achieve the elite status

lebron-james-nba-mvp-2013.jpg LeBron James has officially been named MVP of the 2012-13 NBA season, after reports leaked on Friday that the announcement was imminent.

This is the fourth MVP win for the current Miami Heat forward who has been playing in the NBA for nearly a decade now. The selection puts James in elite status with only four other NBA legends who were named MVP at least four times. Wilt Chamberlain is a four-time MVP, while Michael Jordan and Bill Russell each won five. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remains the all-time leader with six MVP wins.

James averaged 26.8 points, eight rebounds and 7.3 assists. He also managed to shoot a career-high 56.5% from the field, which makes him the first player in NBA history to hit those collective highs in points, rebounds, assists plus shooting from the field.

James also led the Heat to the season's best record of 66-16.

James won his first two MVPs with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He was also named NBA MVP last season while playing with the Heat.
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