LeBron James: Stat Freak, Not A Closer

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7640512 (Heat/Jazz Highlights)

LeBron James can take over a game. He can post historic stat lines and do almost anything. We don’t really know if he can seal the deal because he literally passes up the opportunity.

In the loss against Utah, Dwayne Wade deserves blame as well. He fouled Devin Harris on a 3-point shot, and he missed a free throw at the end.

At the end of the day, it is just one regular season game. As gifted and dominant as LeBron James is, I do believe he will get over the mental hurdle at the end of games. It’s not a case of if, but when. Sure, he has been in the league for 9 seasons, but he probably has 9 more seasons in his future. Of course he is making good basketball plays, but he has to seize the moment and sense the urgency of taking the last shot with the game on the line. Sometimes, it looks like he just goes through the motions as if it were a regular play in the middle of a game.

When speaking in terms of MVP, remember what it stands for…MOST VALUABLE PLAYER. It doesn’t say the best player, or the best closer. But who is the most valuable to their team, and more times than not it’s a player on a championship contending team. As far as this season is concerned, the point would be moot to compare supporting casts in Miami and Oklahoma City.

LeBron James continues to fill every box on that stat sheet. He is posting similar numbers to his Cleveland days. Kevin Durant is a pure all-around scorer, something James is fine tuning in his game. Durant is not the all-around player than James is, but we all know he has game. If these are the top choices, then I’m rolling with Durant because he hits game-winners and is leading his team to the best record in the NBA.

Derrick Rose won the MVP last season because he was the primary scorer and distributor for the team that won the most games. He continued to lead Chicago through injuries and was surrounded by role players, not many players on the Bulls play are effective on both ends of the court. Kyle Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver are all offense. Joakim Noah and Ronnie Brewer are defensive players. Luol Deng is an elite defender with a complimentary skill-set offensively. Rose was basically the entire offense in Chicago.