Miami Heat's star forward LeBron James has won the NBA's coveted MVP award for the third time in the last four seasons, setting further his legacy as one of the game's all-time greats.
Sources of the Associated Press disclose that the 27-year-old native of Akron, Ohio has been voted as the league's MVP and will formally accept the award on Sunday, hours before Miami hosts the Indiana Pacers for Game 1 of their second round playoff series.
With his third MVP award, James became only the eighth player in league history to have won the award three times or more. Of the seven others only four players have more MVP trophies than James – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who won it six times, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell who both won it five times and Wilt Chamberlain who won the award four times.
James averaged a little over 27 points, almost eight rebounds and six assists per contest during the regular season and was considered a shoo-in for the award. Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant is believed to have finished a distant second in the MVP voting.
Playing alongside fellow superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, James also averaged career-highs in field-goal and 3-point shooting percentages.
Other players who have generated buzz over the regular season, worthy of MVP considerations include Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul and San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker among others.