LeBron James joins elite company with fourth NBA MVP

4:43 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
LeBron James (red) will be named NBA MVP for the fourth time in five seasons
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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

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