Every season, LeBron James is deservedly in the NBA MVP conversation. Regardless of how tremendously he plays, however, the awards voters have recently tended to try to find reasons to give the trophy to someone else. While that might be fair, the 2017-18 NBA season is shaping up to be arguably LBJ's best yet.
Although the King hasn't won MVP since 2013, it might be time for him to win his fifth overall. Here are the four best reasons why.
4. Turning Cold-Blooded
For as long as LeBron has played, the biggest knock on him was the lack of a killer instinct. Whether it was the media or fans, there was a belief that this one missing ingredient separated him from the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
It may have taken over 14 seasons, but the King has now become the Assassin. No player in the NBA is performing better in the fourth quarter than James; he's averaging 9.6 points in the final frame, which is 2.3 points higher than any other player.
Another change in LeBron? The fight he's showing on the court. When he battled Enes Kanter in New York, he proved he won't back down from a challenge. It might sound crazy, but James getting his first ejection ever just proves he's turning into an all-around beast.
3. His Efficiency
This shouldn't come as a shock, but LeBron is having yet another efficient season. As of now, he only trails Giannis Antentokounmpo in Player Efficiency Rating. A huge reason for his success is the way he's shooting the basketball.
He might be in his 15th season, yet James has a career-high field goal percentage of 58. The King is living at the rim while quietly shooting 41 percent from the three-point line. Even at 37 minutes per game, the 32-year-old superstar is still showing he can perform at the highest level.
2. 11-Game Win Streak
The 2017-18 season got off to a shaky start to say the least. Cleveland started off 5-7 and looking at the playoff picture from the outside. Then something sparked James and the Cavs when they went to Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks.
James has led Cleveland to a 11-game winning streak that remains active, and is dominating when it matters most.
Whether it was his 23-point fourth quarter against the Nets or his dagger against the Memphis Grizzlies, LeBron James continues to shine brightest in crunch time. His exploits have been the biggest reason for Cleveland's current 16-7 record, which now has them second overall in the Eastern Conference.
1. He's Doing it Without a Star Guard
When the Cavs shipped out Kyrie Irving, the major piece coming in return was Isaiah Thomas. Not only could Thomas elevate the Cavaliers offense with his 25-plus points per game, but he would also be the perfect sidekick for LeBron James.
However, this hasn't been the case, as Thomas is still sidelined due to his hip injury. Without a point guard, James has picked up all the slack. He's taken over the responsibility of being a complete floor general, and is averaging 8.7 assists per game.
There's no denying that Jeff Green, Kevin Love, and Dwyane Wade have helped him out. On the flip side, though, James has gone to seven straight NBA Finals playing alongside a superstar guard in his prime.
As it stands, King James is making his best case yet for actually being superhuman.