By now, there really isn’t much left to be said about LeBron James that hasn’t already been said dozens of times by dozens of people over the course of his legendary career.
It was a little hard to imagine James would be able to live up to the insane amount of hype that surrounded him coming out of high school, but the top overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft easily met those expectations (and then some).
After all, we’re talking about a guy who’s won four championships, racked up the same number of regulars season and Finals MVP awards, been voted to the All-Star Game on 19 occasions, and surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to set the record for the most points any player has scored over the course of a career with seemingly no immediate end in sight.
That paragraph is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to trying to sum up everything LeBron has been able to achieve in the NBA, as the best way to accurately define his essence is to simply state he’s really, really, really, ridiculously good at basketball.
There’s no shortage of evidence you can point to while trying to highlight that reality, including a number of mind-blowing stats you’d think were made up if they involved virtually anyone else aside from James.
James was never in contention for a regular season MVP race that saw Joel Embiid unseat Nikola Jokic as the favorite before the 76ers big man was officially awarded the trophy on Monday night.
Sixers’ Joel Embiid received 73 1st place votes to win the MVP 🏆
Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic finished in 2nd place and received 15 1st place votes.
Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo finished 3rd with 12 1st place votes. pic.twitter.com/fUyakoYI4v
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 2, 2023
A grand total of twelve players received at least one MVP vote on that ballot.
However, James wasn’t one of them, which marks the first time LeBron has failed to earn a single one since he entered the league 20 years ago (he came in ninth place during the inaugural campaign where he won Rookie of the Year).
That is simply nuts.