The reports of another Most Valuable Player coming LeBron James' way existed for several days. The coronation seemingly began from the season's start and ended officially on Sunday with the Miami Heat star claiming his fourth MVP award. Heck, throughout the 2012-13 campaign, the stat-stuffing James never gave a reason for voters to imagine putting another player's name atop their official ballot.
Someone did so anyway.
That Knicks' forward Carmelo Anthony received a first-place vote proved the most interesting part of the announcement as it prevented James from becoming the first unanimous winner in league history. Of the 121 voters, 120 selected James first. For now, the outlier voter remains a mystery.
A similar situation took place in 2000 when Shaquille O'Neal missed a chance at a unanimous win when one voter selected Allen Iverson first. The dissenter - CNN's Fred Hickman - eventually came clean and explained his rationale. Not that it will change history, but hopefully the Anthony voter does the same.
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant finished second in the overall voting followed by Anthony, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. ProBasketballTalk has the entire voting breakdown.
James averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in 37.9 minutes per game this season. He set career-highs by shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 40.6 from beyond the 3-point arc.
The 28-year-old matches Wilt Chamberlain with his fourth title. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5) and Bill Russell (5) have more.