Cleveland’s LeBron James, Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel, Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and Miami’s Hassan Whiteside have each been named NBA MVP for the second straight season.
The list includes the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, James, who has averaged 27.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
The reigning Defensive player of the year is not the only NBA player to receive the honor, as three of the top five players in scoring in the league all earned the award last season.
New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Boston’s Jae Crowder and the Lakers’ Pau Gasol also received votes.
“For me, it’s all about the wins,” said New York’s Anthony, who is averaging 21.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest this season.
“I think we’ve got some great players in the NBA, and it’s just all about our games.
You guys should watch this season of this year of our basketball and see how we can do well.”
While it is a rare occurrence for the MVP award to go to a player with the worst statistical output in the standings, the players who earned it last season were not always able to keep up with the rest of the league.
LeBron James is the only player to win the award twice.
He finished the 2012-13 season with a career-high 21.5 ppg, and was the second-highest scoring player in the Eastern Conference (23.9 ppg).
He also led the league in rebounds (2.3 per game) and assists (2,857).
Carmelo Anthony is also one of the most efficient scorers in the world, averaging 17.3 ppg.
The Miami Heat forward has a career average of 18.2 ppg during the regular season.
DeAndre Jordan, meanwhile, leads the league with 21.7 points per game and is second in the MVP race with 12.3.
The Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul is second with 11.6 ppg and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant is third with 9.6.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was named the league’s Most Valuable Player.
The award goes to the league-leading scorer in the regular and postseason, and is voted on by a panel of experts who cover the NBA daily.
Players are then asked to rate their performance on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the highest and one being the lowest.
Players are also asked to nominate their top three defensive performances during the season.
The winners will be announced on May 18.