A visual: LeBron James' MVP season

Statistically, LeBron James had no peer this season. So it comes as no surprise that James will be named 2011-12's MVP.

James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals on 53.1 percent shooting in 2011-12.

Bottle up all his box score stats into one round figure and we find he posted a player efficiency rating (PER) of 30.8 this season.

No one came within three points of his PER. Chris Paul registered a 27.1 PER this season, but came in second by a wide margin.

If you need further evidence that LeBron was in a class of his own this season, take a look at the visualization below, which displays each player's PER by minutes played.

An MVP season, indeed.

PER leaderboard2011-12 Regular Season Powered by Tableau