LeBron James (red) will be named NBA MVP for the fourth time in five seasons
LeBron James remains the best basketball player in the world.
The Miami Heat forward will be named NBA MVP for the fourth time in five seasons, a person familiar with the voting told USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt. The person requested anonymity because the announcement is scheduled for Sunday, with the presentation likely before the Heat's second-round playoff opener Monday.
James is the fifth player in NBA history to win four MVPs, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four). At 28, James is a year younger than Abdul-Jabbar and Russell, three years younger than Chamberlain and five younger than Jordan were when they won their fourth MVPs.
James averaged 26.8 points a game, his lowest scoring output during an MVP season. But he added 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 56.5% from the field and 40.6% on three-pointers in the most efficient season of his career. He is the second player in NBA history to shoot 55% from the field and 40% on threes in one season, joining Chris Mullin in 1996-97.
James carried the Heat to a first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks and now awaits the winner of the Brooklyn Nets-Chicago Bulls Game 7 series finale Saturday.
Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports