Throughout his illustrious NBA career, LeBron James has earned numerous accolades. He has already cemented himself as one of the greatest sports stars in U.S. history. However, James may have received one of his biggest individual achievements.
NEW YORK (AP) — Cavaliers superstar LeBron James voted AP Male Athlete of 2016 after bringing NBA title to Cleveland.
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) December 27, 2016
James had 24 first-place votes which beat out two Olympic legends in Michael Phelps (16 first-place votes) and Usain Bolt (nine). The 31-year-old had an incredible year that capped off by helping bring the Cleveland Cavaliers their first NBA title by becoming the first team to overcome a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals. More importantly, it snapped a 54-year professional sports championship drought for the city of Cleveland.
It was arguably the best performance of his career in the NBA Finals averaging 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks. It was capped off by becoming just the third player to have a triple-double in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, joining the like of Hall of Famers Jerry West (1969) and James Worthy (1988). This is an award that James is a deserving recipient.