What a strange season. 66 games played in 121 days and the regular season is already over! With a short year, and without the usual ebbs and flows, how are we supposed to judge the consistently best player in the league? I mean really, the All-Star votes were cast so early this year that people lost their minds and somehow voted Roy Hibbert in! Roy Hibbert! The guy who couldn’t do a push up his sophomore year at Georgetown! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Pacers fan, and I love Big Roy. But as Chad Ochocinco would say, “child please!”. So allow me to provide the proverbial chill pill and bring some sanity back to this zany season.
There is only one logical choice for MVP. It’s a no brainer. LeBron James is your 2011-2012 MVP.
LeBron leads Miami in points (27.1), rebounds (7.9) and assists (6.3) and finished with a 30+ PER for the third time for one the league’s top three teams. His field goal percentage is off the charts (53%) and he has improved his free throw percentage (77%). Oh, and in case that doesn’t impress you, he did all this playing the fewest minutes of his career. Now, you may argue that Chris Paul is the engine that makes the Clippers sail, that Kevin Durant has had a phenomenal (scoring) season or that Kevin Love is a rebounding machine. No arguments there. But answer me this, night in and night out which of these superstars also guarded the best player on the other team, routinely shutting down stars from point guards all the way to centers? Yup, only LeBron.
No one had a bigger all-around impact on this season than LeBron James. And that’s really the only argument. I rest my case. *Drops mic* *Walks off stage*.