|It became official on Monday afternoon as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2008-09 NBA Most Valuable Player presented by Kia Motors.
James received a total of 1,172 points, including 109 first-place votes out of a possible 121, from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five points for each third-place, three points for each fourth-place vote, and one point for each fifth-place vote received.
James becomes the first player in Cavaliers franchise history to receive the award after leading the Cavaliers to an NBA and franchise-best 66-16 (.805) record. He averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.69 steals and a career-best 1.15 blocks in 37.7 minutes per game. More Details
|Team Record||66-15 *|
|Minutes Per Game||37.7|
|Points Per Game||28.4 *|
|Rebounds Per Game||7.6|
|Assists Per Game||7.2|
|Steals Per Game||1.7|
|Blocks Per Game||1.1|
|Player Efficiency Ratings||31.8 *|
|Pts + Asts + Rebs Total||43.2 *|
|50-Point Games||3 *|
|40-Point Games||9 *|
|Assists to Turnover Ratio||2.47|
|* NBA Top 3 Ranking|
- Has led the Cavaliers to a franchise-high 66 victories and the top record in the NBA.
- Has led the Cavaliers to the Central Division title for the second time in franchise history (1975-76).
- Cleveland owns the NBA's best home record (39-1) and has already broken the previous franchise best for victories on the road. The Cavs are currently 27-14 on the road.
- The Cavs own the best record against the Western Conference in the NBA (26-4).
- From 2007-08 to 2008-09, the Cavs have already improved their win total by 21 games; the 21-game win improvement is the 3rd most ever by a team that has won 45 or more games the previous year.
- Helped the Cavs set their longest winning streak with a 13-game win streak from Mar. 7, 2009 - Mar. 31, 2009. Cavs also broke records for longest winning streak at home (23 games; Oct. 30, 2008 - February 3, 2009) and longest winning streak at home to start a season (23 games; Oct. 30, 2008 - February 3, 2009).
- In a Sports Illustrated poll of 190 NBA players, LeBron James was voted as the opposing player most players would want to be their teammate (32% of the vote, next closest received 13%).
- Cavs lead the NBA in points-per-game differential (+9.04) and have the most wins by 10 or more this season (40).
- Cleveland's top-ranked defense allows the fewest points per game (91.1), the lowest three-point field goal percentage (.333) and the second-lowest field goal percentage (.430).
- Cleveland won 16 games in the month of March (16-1), tying the record for most wins in a month in NBA history and becoming the 6th team in NBA history to accomplish the feat. The last team to accomplish this was San Antonio (16-0) in March 1996. The only other teams in NBA history were Detroit (16-1 in March 1989), Boston (16-1, March 1982), Los Angeles Lakers (16-0, December 1972) and Milwaukee (16-2, February 1971).
- Is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game.
- Became the youngest player in NBA history to score 11,000 points (23 years, 324 days) and 12,000 points (24 years, 35 days) during the season.
- Became the youngest player (23 years, 308 days) and fastest (395 games) to reach the following totals: 10,000 points, 2,500 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 700 steals and 300 blocks.
- Scored 41 points in three of the Cavs first eight games (41 vs. Chi on Nov. 5th and 8th and 41 vs. Milwaukee on Nov. 11th), becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 1991 to score 40-or-more in at least three of a team's first eight games of a season.
- With 38 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three blocks and four steals versus Boston on Jan. 9, he became the first person reach those numbers in a game since David Robinson on March 19, 1994.
- Totaled 23 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists and three blocks versus Sacramento on Jan. 27th, posting at least those numbers in a game since Larry Bird in 1987.
- Tallied 33 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists on Jan. 24th at Utah, becoming the first player to record at least those numbers in a non-overtime game since Kevin Garnett in 2004.
- At Madison Square Garden on Feb. 4th, James posted 52 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists and two blocks against the Knicks. The last player to have at least those numbers in a game was Wilt Chamberlain on March 18th, 1968. He joined Michael Jordan as the only two visitors to MSG to have multiple 50-point games.
- Made a 2008-09 NBA season-high tying eight three-pointers on 11 attempts on his way to a season-best 55 points at Milwaukee on Feb. 20.
- Became only the 12th player in NBA history to have three consecutive triple-doubles (March 7th, 10th and 12th).
- Lead the Cavaliers in total points, rebounds assists, steals and blocks. He joins Kevin Garnett (MIN - 2002), Scottie Pippen (CHI -1994) and Dave Cowens (BOS - 1977) as the only players to accomplish that feat.
- Posted 43 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and a block versus Orlando on March 17th, joining Larry Bird in 1992 as the only players to record at least those numbers in a game.
- With a PER ranking above 31.5, James is on pace to not only lead the league , but also have one of the top three seasons all-time (Michael Jordan currently owns the top four seasons: 1987-91).
- Is the only active player in the NBA to have five consecutive seasons with at least 2,000 points and became just the ninth in NBA history, joining legends Kareem Abdul-Jabar, George Gervin, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlin, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Alex English and Karl Malone all-time.
- With his fourth season of at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists, James became the 2nd player in NBA history (Oscar Robertson) to post at least those numbers in four seasons or more.
- LeBron James finished March with 479 points, 152 rebounds and 143 assists. The only other player in NBA history to reach each of those totals in one month is Oscar Robertson, who did it in eight separate months, most recently in January 1965.
- Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on seven occasions, becoming the only player in the history of the award to win it seven times in a season.
- Named an Eastern Conference All-Star starter with nearly 3 million total votes. Scored a team-high 20 points and added five rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes for the East. The two-time All-Star Game MVP is only one of four players to have been selected as a starter in each of the last five All-Star Games.
- Awarded Eastern Conference Player of the Month for November, January, March and April. In 15 games during November, James led the Cavs to a franchise-best 13-2 record during November with averages of 28.6 points and 6.2 assists. He averaged 27.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists in 14 games during January, becoming the first player since Larry Bird in March 1987 to average at least those numbers for an entire month.
- James was named the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for June 2008, in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work. He was honored in part for the success of his third annual "King for Kids Bike-A-Thon," in Akron, Ohio. The event raised more than $150,000 for three local non-profit organizations - the LeBron James Family Foundation, the Akron Area YMCA and the Akron Urban League.