MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced May 5 that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James is the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2012-13 Kia Most Valuable Player. This marks James' fourth MVP award and the second by a HEAT player in franchise history, both by James. He now becomes just the second player in NBA history to earn at least four NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year awards before the age of 29, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. James earns the honor for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in five seasons, becoming just the second player, joining Bill Russell (1961, 62, 63, 65), to win the award in four of five seasons. Additionally, he becomes just the fifth player to capture four MVP's and the first since Michael Jordan to accomplish the feat. James totaled 1,207 points, including 120 first-place votes, just one first-place vote shy from becoming the NBA's first unanimous MVP winner. The panel consisted of 121 voters of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote.
James capped off the season averaging 26.8 points, a career-best 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.70 steals and 37.9 minutes while shooting career highs in both field goal percentage (.565) and three-point field goal percentage (.406). He connected on 103 three-point field goals this season, becoming the only player in NBA history to hit at least 100 three-point field goals while shooting at least 55 percent from the field. He led the HEAT in points (2,036), rebounds (610), assists (551), steals (129), field goals made (765), free throws made (403) and minutes (2,877). His 2,036 points marked the eighth 2,000-point season of his career, becoming the only player in NBA history to hit the 2,000-point plateau in eight different seasons prior to his 30th birthday. He also joined Larry Bird as only the second player in NBA history to total at least 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 500 assists and 100 steals during two separate seasons after also doing so in 2008-09. He posted a career-high 36 double-doubles on the season while leading the team in assists 55 times, points on 54 occasions and rebounds 43 times.
James earned Player of the Month honors five times this season for months of October/November, December, January, February and March, becoming the first player in NBA history to receive the honor in five-straight months during a single-season. He was also named Player of the Week six times, having now won the award 43 times in his career, the most by any player in NBA history. He scored at least 20 points in each of the first 33 games to start the season, the second-longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger. He shot at least 50 percent from the field in a career-high 14 consecutive games from January 30 through February 26, the longest such streak in HEAT franchise history. Additionally, he shot at least 60 percent from the field while scoring at least 30 points in six-straight games from February 3-12, becoming the only player in NBA history to hit both of those marks in six consecutive games. He finished the season having scored in double-figures in a career-best 495 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the league and currently the sixth-longest streak in NBA history.
During this season, James scored his 20,000th career point on January 16 at Golden State, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to score at least 20,000 points. Also, in the same game, James dished out his 5,000th career assist, in just his 726th career game, becoming the second-fastest player in NBA history to hit the 5,000-assist plateau. During Miami's 27-game winning streak from February 3 through March 25, the second longest winning streak in NBA history, James averaged 27.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists, becoming the first player in league history with averages of at least 25.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists during a team winning streak of at least 15 games. He shot a single-game career-high 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the field vs. Charlotte on February 4, tying the second-highest single-game field goal percentage mark in HEAT history, while also posting 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the game, becoming the first player to hit those marks while shooting at least 90 percent from the field during a single-game since Wilt Chamberlain on February 24, 1967. He recorded his 5,000th point with the HEAT on February 6 vs. Houston in a franchise-fastest 187 games. James capped the month of February shooting 64.1 percent (139-of-217) from the field, the highest monthly field goal percentage by any NBA player with a minimum of 200 attempts since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shot 65 percent (158-of-243) during March of 1983. Among league leaders this season, James finished fourth in scoring average, fifth in field goal percentage, eighth in minutes per game, tied for 10th in assists per game, 12th in steals per game, 21st in rebounds per game, tied for 27th in three-point field goal percentage and 40th in blocks per game.
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.