The last time LeBron James won the award was almost five years ago in 2013 but his numbers have not change very much since then. He is still the best player in the league because he fills the stat sheet like no one else. Russell Westbrook earned the award with his triple double performance but this is something that James has been flirting with for years--even last year he averaged around 27 ppg 9 rebs and 9 assists.
The Kyrie Irving situation earned James a lot of unwarranted bad press and this will likely motivate him to have a great season. You can expect some epic performances against Kyrie and the Celtics. He wouldn’t be human if he didn’t want to show up Irving, competing hard to show him what he is missing out on in Cleveland. Also Isaiah Thomas will be also gunning for the Celtics and the rest of the league, likely having the Cavs play opponents with a chip on their shoulder.
1) Thomas Injury:
Isaiah Thomas may not be ready for the beginning of the season and this puts more offensive responsibility on LeBron James. This also gives the usually “pass-first” player a reason to dominate on the offensive end. MVP voters tend to like strong offensive performances, that's the reason Steph Curry is overrated now, so don’t be surprised if James reaches that 40-50 point mark often early on in the year.