LeBron James is the arguably the best basketball player in the world. He gave himself the self proclaimed nickname "The Chosen One" or as many of his fans call him "The King". Last basketball season James claimed is first NBA championship title after failing twice to the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James is now a three time MVP, last years Finals MVP, 2012's Sports Illustrated Player of the Year, and a two time Olympic Gold Medalist. Regardless of all of LeBron James accomplishments he is a Master of Disguise.
LeBron James captures many of his fans attention by his high-flying dunks and God given arttributes. But LeBron James is missing one key factor that all great players of his skill set contained. LeBron James simply isn't clutch. The lack of James's clutch ness doesn't make James a Master of Disguise, it's how James comes about to the situation in clutch moments.
As the NBA season reaches its halfway point, there’s no shortage of candidates for the league’s Most Valuable Player award. Defending MVP LeBron James is having another sensational season, but he’s far from a sure thing to take home the trophy this year.
These five players are making the best cases for MVP honors in 2012-13:
5. Tim Duncan, Spurs
At the ripe old age of 36, Tim Duncan just keeps rolling along as one of the top big men in the league. He’s 12th in the NBA with 9.8 rebounds per game, not to mention third with 2.8 blocks a night.
Add in Duncan’s 17.5 points per game, and there’s little question about how much he’s doing for the Spurs. Considering that San Antonio holds the league’s best record at 36-11, even Duncan’s lack of flair shouldn’t keep him from earning serious MVP consideration.
4. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
Although they’ve cooled off considerably since an improbably fast start, the Knicks are still one of the leading contenders in the Eastern Conference. Without Carmelo Anthony, though, New York (10th of 30 teams in the NBA in scoring) would barely have any offense at all.
LeBron James and the 28-12 Miami Heat will face the 20-23 Boston Celtics, led by Rajon Rondo. The showdown takes place at the TD Garden 1:00 EST live on ABC. It is the second of three meetings between the two rival teams who met in the last Eastern Conference Finals. Dousing the flames to their rivalry is the fact that both teams are going in two different directions.
Before the season began, many NBA fans felt the Eastern Conference would be decided between these two teams as it did in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. While the Heat has lived up to the hype, the Celtics have struggled.