LeBron James Wins Third MVP Award In Landslide Vote

For the second consecutive season, 'King James' has reigned supreme.

LeBron James received 116 of 123 possible first-place votes en route to taking home his third MVP trophy of his career. He becomes the tenth player to win back-to-back MVP awards, after winning his first last season. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant came in second place with four first-place votes.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was rarely considered in the voting, even as the Lakers finished with the Western Conference's best record.

James had nearly double the point total of Durant in the voting and was way ahead of Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Voting was done by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. This year one ballot was cast by fans in an online vote.

James posted a PER of 31.19 to lead the NBA, and finished the season with a career-high 8.6 assists per game. He recently led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 1 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

SB Nation's Fear The Sword breaks down just how dominant LeBron was during the 2009-2010 season.

For the second consecutive season, he led the Cavaliers to the best record in the NBA with a 61-21 record (.744) and the league's best home record at 35-6 (.854). He averaged 29.7 points on a career-best .503 shooting, 7.3 rebounds, a career-high 8.6 assists, 1.0 block and 1.6 steals in 39.0 minutes per game. He was the only player to rank in the Top 10 in scoring (2nd), assists (6th) and steals (9th) and was also the only player to post averages of at least 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. With 2,250 points, 554 rebounds and 651 assists on the season, he became just the third player in NBA history joining Oscar Robertson (five times) and Michael Jordan (once) to total at least 2,250 points, 650 assists and 550 rebounds in a season. James was also the only player this season with at least 500 rebounds, 600 assists, 125 steals and 75 blocks.

The 6-foot-8 forward also led the NBA in total plus/minus at +650, plus/minus average (8.6), scoring in road games (31.0 ppg), second half scoring (14.9) and fourth quarter scoring (8.0).

Oh, by the way: LeBron James is still only 25 years old, making him the second-youngest player to ever win back-to-back awards. In other words, he's kind of good.

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