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Will LeBron James take home his third straight MVP award?

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What exactly is the definition of an MVP in the National Basketball Association these days?  LeBron James has done it twice.  Steve Nash a couple times.  Kobe only once amazingly.

Based on the many definitions of what most valuable actually means to a team, at times it can be difficult to tell exactly what ultimately was taken into account to make or break a candidate.

LeBron James

After a slow start in Miami, 'Bron is making a strong case for MVP of the league...again.

However, if one thing is for sure perennially there is a steady stream of impressive newcomers and usual suspects battling it out for that ultimate mantle of individual league dominance when it’s all said and done.

Oh don’t get it twisted.

NBA championships are nice, but the greatest form of admiration and acknowledgment around the league from an individual standpoint rest solely in that oh so precious Kodak moment shared with Commissioner David Stern during a team’s hopeful deep run into the playoffs.

Who doesn’t have solidly etched memories of the great Michael Jordan shaking Stern’s hand just before making his way onto the hardwood armed for playoff battle?

LeBron James is no different from any of us.  The difference is that James, obviously an NBA player, is capable of winning that coveted trophy every year it seems.  Which, in reality, makes him different from 99.9% of the players in the league right now.

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This particular NBA campaign the thought was that  James would struggle in his bid for an incredible third consecutive MVP crown based solely on the insane amount of talent surrounding him in Miami.  That talent, namely the Artist formerly known as “Flash”, Dwyane Wade, and former Raptors’ big man Chris Bosh sharing a sufficient amount of scoring, rebounding and passing responsibilities for the new-look Heat.

However, LeBron has proven with the Heat that he is just one of those guys that simply cannot be denied regardless of who you put around him.  James is simply not a second option guy.  If Dwyane Wade has been the primary option down in South Beach, then at the very least James has been option 1B, or is it the other way around?

I’ll let you be the judge of that, however, there is absolutely no denying Bron’s impact on the Heat and for that matter the NBA as a whole this season.

Defensively and offensively the numbers don’t lie.

As a matter of fact his averages of 26.0 points, 7.3 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals this season look eerily similar to his career numbers which in eight seasons add up to 27.7 points, 7.0 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

To further that point when he took home the honor of league’s best for his stellar play during the ’08-’09 season, LeBron averaged 28.4 points, 7.2 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game.  The only thing different in that line from this season is the drop noticeable 2.4-point drop in scoring, which is explainable based on the “King” taking 1.3 more shots during that MVP year while being the primary option for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Obviously, it does help to have Wade and Bosh by his side this year, but the numbers prove that it wouldn’t really matter if they were there or not.

With the Heat sitting atop the Eastern Conference Southeast Division at 34-14, it’s very difficult to argue he’s not worthy of a third straight Most Valuable Player award.

Albeit there is still a healthy amount of games left to be played this historic NBA campaign, we just thought we’d get your pulse on the state of one our favorite debates throughout the season.

So with that being said, what do you think?

If the voting were to go down today, just past the midway point of the 2010-11 season, would James be crowned MVP yet again, or do you think another player from our beloved NBA is more deserving?

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