LeBron James joins an elite list of players by winning his third NBA MVP award in his 8 year career. The Miami Heat superstar joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone as the only players to win at least three MVP awards.

During the season, James proved to be the best all-around player by averaging 27 points, 6 assists and 7 rebounds per game. He has a good chance of leading the Heat back to the NBA Finals for the second year in a row.

But while James walked away with the MVP trophy, there were several players who were legitimate candidates.

Click continue to see the five players who could’ve won MVP.

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