Miami Heat: LeBron James NBA Royalty?

On this day in history May 4th 2009. LeBron James won his first MVP award edging out Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (698 points), Miami's Dwyane Wade (680), Orlando's Dwight Howard (328) and New Orleans' Chris Paul (192). With the award LeBron James became the first NBA MVP in Cleveland Cavaliers history. 

During the 2008-2009 NBA season LeBron James averaged (28.4 ppg, second in the NBA), rebounds (7.6 rpg), assists (7.2 apg, fourth), and steals (1.7 spg, eighth). LeBron James career record pace not only set James as the NBA MVP but made him a apart of history becoming the fourth player to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals, while also leading his team to 50-plus wins (Larry Bird 1985-86; Grant Hill, 1996-97; Kevin Garnett, 2002-03).  Leading the Cavaliers to an NBA best- franchise best 66-16 season. 

LeBron James 2008-2009 credentials included leading the league in triple-doubles (seven) and became the 12th player in NBA history to record three-consecutive triple-doubles (March 7, 10, 12). In his sixth season, James became the ninth player in NBA history to have at least five consecutive 2,000 point seasons.

Th following season LeBron James won his second consecutive NBA MVP award carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers to a league leading 61-21 record. That season the Cleveland Cavaliers teamed LeBron James with Shaquille O'Neal during the offseason. LeBron's 2009-2010 NBA season produced one of the greatest player statistics in NBA history. LeBron averaged 29.7 pts, 7.3 rebs, 8.6 ast, 1.6 stls and 1.0 blks during the 82 games schedule.

Fast forward to the 2011-2012 NBA season and LeBron James is once again playing the best basketball in the NBA. James now a member of the Miami Heat has elevated his game playing next to Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in "South Beach" Miami. The Miami Heat ended the regular season with a 46-20 regular season record. LeBron James 2011-2012 has clearly defined his role in South Beach as "Batman" averaging 27 pts, 7.86 rebs, 6.23 ast, and 1.89 stls.

So LeBron was right his going to win not 1, not 2 but at least 3 NBA MVP trophies. With his 3rd MVP trophy LeBron James will join the elite in NBA "first class" only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird and Moses Malone as players who have accomplished the feat of 3x MVP. The only item missing from the resume and trophy case of the former 2003-2004 NBA Rookie of the Year is an NBA Finals Larry O'Brien Championship trophy. Regardless of this fact LeBron James is the best NBA player in the Association.  

In my opinion LeBron James is 8 Championship trophies away from being the Greatest player in NBA history. Yes, 8 is a lot but Michael Jordan was 6-0 in Finals competition and James has to make up for the 0-2 Finals record he posses. Also the great Bill Russell won 11 NBA Finals so LeBron James the most gifted athlete in NBA history has to add the missing piece to his trophy case 8x. Is it possible?

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