Honestly, you could pick any year of LeBron James' career and make the case that he should have been the MVP of the league. He's that good. But here are four seasons where there's no doubt that King James was robbed of the MVP.
This one's hard. Dirk, the MVP that year, had a 50-40-90 season, which is incredibly hard to do. But LeBron took a Cavs team with legitimately no other scoring options to the Finals.
The other scoring options? Larry Hughes, a "scoring guard," who shot 33 percent from three and 40 percent from the field, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Drew Gooden, both of whom shot below 50 percent from the field as big men.
As for LeBron, he averaged 27.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. While Dirk averaged more rebounds (9.0), he had fewer points and assists per game and wasn't nearly the defender James was.
LeBron got robbed.
Come on voters! LeBron was essentially superman this year. This was the second of Steve Nash's MVPs. LeBron finished third behind Kobe and AI in scoring with a career-high 31.4 PPG in 42.5 minutes, also a career high for James.
When you consider that none of LeBron's teammates averaged over 16 PPG that year, it makes it even more remarkable. LeBron was his team's only scoring option on most nights, his team's best passer, and almost its best rebounder. Oh, and the Cavs somehow won 50 games.
I honestly don't know how LeBron wasn't the MVP this year. He dragged a team with Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden and Daniel Gibson to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, where they pushed the 66-win, Big-Three, Celtics to seven games.
Think about that. That Celtics team comes up in conversations about the best team of all-time and LeBron's motley crew nearly beat them. That alone should have been worth MVP.
But as for the regular season, LeBron led the league in scoring with 30 points per game and also contributed 7.9 rebounds. 7.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.1 blocks in over 40 minutes per contest.
As you can see by this list, LeBron has been taking awful teams to great places for his whole career. This year was no different.
James started all 82 games for the first time in his career and led the NBA in minutes per game. He also tied a career-high in rebounds with 8.6 and set a career high in assists with 9.1. Throw in 27.5 points per game on 54 percent shooting, and you got yourself a dominant all around resume.
Where would the Rockets be without James Harden? Probably contending for a playoff spot but not a top seed. Where would the Cavs be without LeBron? The lottery.