Miami Heat forward LeBron James will reportedly be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player on Sunday.
That would mark the fourth time in James’ career that he has taken home the league MVP, joining Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), and Wilt Chamberlain (four) as the only players to be named MVP at least four times.
As a quick recap, that puts James in the same quintet as the greatest player of all time, the greatest winner of all time, the greatest scorer of all time, and the most dominant player of all time, respectively.
Not too shabby for a 28-year-old athlete who has shown no signs of slowing down.
This season was arguably James’ best, based on his level of efficiency. He did not set new personal records for points, assists, blocks, or steals per game, but did have his best field goal and three-point shooting percentages of his career, and led the Heat on a 27-game winning streak.
James can become a free agent after next season and could be a three-time champion and five-time MVP when he hits the open market, depending on how the 2013 playoffs go — and whether he keeps up his amazing pace in 2014.