Cleveland fans can take a break from Celtics Cavaliers betting to congratulate their star, LeBron James, who became the 10th player in NBA history to win back-to-back MVP awards.
James, a local boy from Akron, garnered 116 of a possible 123 first-place votes, and nearly doubled the second-place finisher, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, in total votes. James was second to Durant in scoring in the league, and he came in sixth in assists as he made a concerted effort to get his teammates more involved to prepare them for the postseason. The Cavaliers also made moves specifically to keep James in Cleveland as Antawn Jamison is another scoring option, along with Mo Williams, Shaquille O’Neal was brought in for his championship experience (and a big body to combat Orlando’s Dwight Howard, who came in third in the MVP vote), and Anthony Parker adds perimeter defense. All of this was designed to hopefully win a championship, but more importantly, keep James in town.
We all know that James is the biggest fish in this summer’s free-agent market, which is probably the biggest in NBA history, and rumors have been swirling around since last summer as to where “King James” will land. Some say New York for the market, but James is already one of the top three athletes in the country when it comes to popularity and exposure. Some say he’ll team up with Dwyane Wade in Miami, but a team with two big dogs may not work so well (Shaq-Kobe comes to mind). When it’s all said and done, we’re betting on James to be in Cleveland next year, and to lift another MVP award.