Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Miami Heat forward LeBron James was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2011-12 season.

James was selected as MVP for the third time in the last four seasons and becomes the eighth player in league history to be honored on at least three occasions.

In his second season with the Heat, James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 62 games. He captured his first two MVPs in 2009 and '10 for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan and Bill Russell (5), Wilt Chamberlain (4) and Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone (3) on the list of players with at least three MVPs. James, Abdul-Jabbar, Chamberlain and Malone are the only players to win an MVP with two different teams.

However, James is the only one of the eight without an NBA title. The Heat reached the NBA Finals last spring, losing to Dallas, and will play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Indiana on Sunday.