LeBron James named Best NBA Player at ESPYs

LeBron James added another accomplishment to his long list of achievements last night, but some NBA fans still can’t quite believe it.

The 26th edition of the ESPY Awards, ESPN’s annual celebration of sports from the past year, was held on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

They handed out awards for most of the major sports including NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL and it will come as no surprise to many that LeBron won an award on the night.

The new Los Angeles Lakers star was recognized again at the ESPYs as the Best NBA Player for the seventh time in his career after previously winning the award in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2017.

Although he was placed second to James Harden in the NBA’s MVP voting, ESPN chose James as their player of the year after a fantastic final season for the Cleveland Cavaliers where he took the team to the NBA Finals despite their shortcomings.

LeBron averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds while playing 36.9 minutes on average and appearing in all 82 regular season games for the Cavaliers last season.

In the playoffs, these numbers went up, as he averaged 34 points, 9.1 rebounds, and nine assists in 41.9 minutes per game while shooting 53.9 percent from the field.

Reaction

Despite what he managed to do in Cleveland last season, some NBA fans were taken back by the fact he managed to win the award this year ahead of NBA MVP winner Harden.

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Only one other NBA player won an award at the ESPYs last night, as Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz was crowned Breakthrough Athlete of the Year, beating Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons for the award.

Although he is now 33 years old, nobody believes this will be the last time LeBron is in contention for ESPYs Best NBA Player award. He isn’t going to be slowing down anytime soon.

Playing for the Lakers in the Western Conference will provide a new challenge for the four-time MVP winner, and he’ll be hoping to add a fifth Maurice Podoloff Trophy this year as well as an eighth Best NBA Player of the Year ESPY.

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