The NBA announced Sunday that Miami Heat star LeBron James has won the 2013 NBA MVP award, his 4th time winning this award (2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013). He and Bill Russell are the only players to win the award four times in five years, and he and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players to twice win the award in consecutive seasons. James was one vote shy of the unanimous MVP award. Rounding out the top five in voting are OKC’s Kevin Durant (765 points), New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (475 points, one first-place vote), Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul (289 points), and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (184 points).
From the NBA:
LeBron James of the Miami Heat is the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today. James earns the honor for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in five seasons. The only other player to win the award in four of five seasons is Bill Russell (1961, 62, 63, 65), and the only other players to win at least four regular-season MVPs are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four).
James totaled 1,207 points, including 120 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 voters that consisted of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote. For the fourth consecutive season, the NBA and Kia Motors America gave fans the opportunity to submit their votes by ranking their top five choices through a dedicated Web page on NBA.com. The fan vote counted as one vote and was compiled with the 120 media votes to determine the winner. Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five for each third-place vote, three for each fourth-place vote and one for each fifth-place vote received.
The company he keeps (in NBA History)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 6
Michael Jordan – 5
Bill Russell – 5
Wilt Chamberlain – 4
LeBron James – 4
Larry Bird – 3
Magic Johnson – 3
Moses Malone – 3
James humbly admitted that he was at awe to keep such company.
“I don’t know my ceiling,” James said. “I don’t stop trying to improve my game — just like today, being in here with Rio and Ray, the last guys to leave the court. I want to continue to maximize what I have.”