But even in the years that he did not get the recognition from the league, James has been one of the largest recipients of votes from the sportswriters who decide on the mvp award.
In fact, based on the research, he has received the second-most love from these MVP voters in league history.
Those who won the trophy received 10 points while runner-ups received nine. We then worked backward with a decreasing point assignment until the player who finished tenth in MVP votes received one point.
CP3 finished at No. 25 all-time, Harden is No. 21, KD is No.17.
Based on this research, James finished at No.2 overall, the same place he finished in the controversial rankings from Bleacher Report last month.
But unlike in that list, where LeBron finished behind Michael Jordan, he trailed only six-time NBA Most Valuable Player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for this.
Jordan often appears at No. 1 overall when fans discuss the greatest player of all-time for obvious reason: he is a five-time MVP and six-time NBA champ, never losing a title series.
But this research reminds us that longevity may deserve a bigger factor in the GOAT debate.
This is one of the few knocks against MJ, who didn't have as long of a career as some of the other greats who top this list.
Another surprising takeaway: Chris Paul, who has never won the MVP, is ranked Top 25 based on this metric.
That is somehow ahead of both Stephen Curry and Steve Nash, both of whom have won back-to-back MVPs.
This indicates just how often Paul had been towards the top of consideration for the honor.