The 25 Best MVP Seasons in NBA History

11. LeBron James (2009)

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Stats: 81 G, 37.7 MPG, 28.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 7.2 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.1 BPG
Player Efficiency Rating: 31.7

LeBron had been a really good, All-Star level player for his first five years in the league. In year six, he made a leap to a level few in the history of basketball have ever reached. Carrying a weak Cavaliers team that had Mo Williams as its second-best player, James posted incredibly strong numbers in pretty much every statistical category. His PER (31.7) matched Michael Jordan's MVP-winning 1988 season and was also named to the All-Defensive First Team. Really the most impressive number of all from James' unbelievable year is 66, as in the number of wins he was somehow able to extract from that subpar Cleveland squad.

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