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How LeBron James’s MVP season was especially efficient

Miami's LeBron James was historically efficient en route to his fourth MVP award. He registered the third-highest total by an MVP in the category of Win Shares per 48 Minutes, which measures a player's per-minute offensive and defensive efficiency. James finished the season at .322 — only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has posted better numbers as MVP (.326 and .340 in consecutive seasons). The lowest: a .168 by Boston's Dave Cowens. Each MVP's Win Shares per 48 Minutes:

Multiple MVP winners

James joins an elite group with his fourth MVP. Only four other players have won as many, and Michael Jordan is the only other non-center to do so.

Left to right: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Wilt Chamberlain

Player MVPs Seasons
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C 6 1970-71, 1971-72, 1973-74, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80
Bill Russell, C 5 1957-58, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1964-65
Michael Jordan, G 5 1987-88, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1997-98
LeBron James, F 4 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13
Wilt Chamberlain, C 4 1959-60, 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68
Larry Bird, F 3 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86
Magic Johnson, G 3 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90
Moses Malone, F 3 1978-79, 1981-82, 1982-83
Bob Pettit, F 2 1955-56, 1958-59
Karl Malone, F 2 1996-97, 1998-99
Tim Duncan, F 2 2001-02, 2002-03
Steve Nash, G 2 2004-05, 2005-06
Best players to never win MVP

A look at the best Win Shares numbers for notable stars who were never league MVP, and who won the award that season. Kevin Durant's .291 this season wasn't enough to best James.

Left to right: Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, John Havlicek, Isiah Thomas, and Patrick Ewing

Player Best WS/48 Total MVP (WS/48)
Elgin Baylor, F 1960-61 .227 Bill Russell (.181)
Jerry West, G 1964-65 .261 Bill Russell (.234)
Rick Barry, F 1966-67 .218 Wilt Chamberlain (.285)
John Havlicek, F 1972-73 .172 Dave Cowens (.168)
Nate Thurmond, F 1972-73 .140 Dave Cowens (.168)
Bob Lanier, C 1973-74 .227 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (.250)
Pete Maravich, G 1975-76 .144 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (.242)
Elvin Hayes, F 1976-77 .173 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (.283)
Isiah Thomas, G 1984-85 .173 Larry Bird (.238)
Kevin McHale, F 1986-87 .232 Magic Johnson (.263)
Dominique Wilkins, G 1986-87 .197 Magic Johnson (.263)
Clyde Drexler, G 1991-92 .223 Michael Jordan (.274)
Patrick Ewing, C 1993-94 .211 Hakeem Olajuwon (.210)
Scottie Pippen, F 1995-96 .209 Michael Jordan (.317)
Gary Payton, G 1999-00 .195 Shaquille O'Neal (.283)
Kevin Durant, F 2012-13 .291 LeBron James (.322)
MVPs by position

Centers dominated the award in past decades, but Shaquille O'Neal is the only true center to win MVP since the 1994-95 season.

MVPs by team

The Celtics have won more MVPs than any other franchise, but none since Larry Bird in 1985-86.

SOURCES: NBA.com, basketball-reference.com

Luke Knox/Globe staff

Author to visit library, remotely

Members of the Fractured Fairy Tales Book Club at the public library will get to speak with the author of their featured book next month, but he will not be there in person. Instead, the library has arranged for Christopher Healy to meet with the club members – children in roughly the third through sixth grades and their parents – by Skype. Healy will participate in a half hour question-and-answer session, part of the club’s overall hour-long monthly meeting on Sept. 29, according to Leslianne Costello, the youth services librarian. The club’s September book is Healy’s “The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.” “I’m so excited to kick off the new year of our Fractured Fairy Tales Book Club with a Skype meeting with this author,” Costello said. She learned of the opportunity to host the Skype visit when she was exploring activities for the September meeting and noticed on Healy’s website that he is available to meet with groups through that remote technology. Costello said the club welcomes new members and that the Sept. 29 event is open to all.

They heard the call of freedom, a summons that still haunts

They were idealists taking on the nation’s shame, students who stood with brave, black Mississippians denied a most basic civil right: the vote.

Surgical error at Tufts prompts widespread changes

The death of a patient at Tufts Medical Center last year highlighted medical errors involving “cognitive bias.”

Jeff Bridges shows his musical side at the Wilbur

Taking a break from his primary career, veteran actor Jeff Bridges embraces his alter-ego as a rootsy singer-songwriter.

Two-tiered labor market raises complex new issues

Labor Day evolved as a celebration of organized labor in the industrial age. Since then, the labor market has changed dramatically.

Maine puts bear baiting on the Nov. ballot

Baiting is either the problem with bear hunting in Maine or the solution for bear management, depending on whom you ask.

Leave room in your carry-on for pet guilt

While we are away on vacation, should we feel guilty about leaving our pets behind?

EU sets ultimatum for Russia to stop aiding separatists

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko helped set the stage for a new round of sanctions against Russia.

Dawnn Jaffier’s life of service recalled by mourners

More than 200 mourners gathered at a Mattapan church to mourn the 26-year-old.

Tight housing market expected to let up in fall

Real estate specialists say the tight inventories should ease in fall as more sellers list their homes.

A way of life prevails in Market Basket saga

The Market Basket story is a drama, an allegory, morality play, and fairy tale, all rolled into one.

Steve Grossman for governor

The Globe’s editorial board says Grossman has a CEO’s eye for seizing opportunities.

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

JERUSALEM — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip’s battered and neglected housing stock after the war between Hamas and Israel.

Most of the new building would be to make up for the current housing deficit.

In Somerville, shuttered factory now a hub of innovation

The Ames Business Park is not only fully occupied, it has also become the entrepreneurial epicenter of the city.

Painting your house an unusual color

If you’re confident about your color choice, own it — no matter what the neighbors say. These homeowners did, and they couldn’t be happier.

Feel bad about taking those toiletries? Don’t.

Those little self-assigned parting favors from hotel rooms were rightfully yours as part of your room charge, weren’t they?

Malcolm Rogers: Adding up 20 years at the MFA

Rogers, who marks his 20th anniversary as director of the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday, has transformed the institution over his tenure.

Scott Brown gains ground on Jeanne Shaheen in N.H.

The buzz about the Senate race intensified last week when a WMUR poll pegged the contest as a statistical dead heat.

Even minus a few premieres, still plenty to see in Toronto

The Toronto International Film Festival is still Oscar season’s prime launching pad, and there are some terrific films you may not see anywhere else.

Phone carriers migrating from copper to fiber optic lines

It shouldn’t cost more to make the switch.

Counters that take abuse and still look good

Consumer Reports stained, sliced, scratched, scorched, and nicked 14 materials and found huge differences.

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