LeBron James almost because the first unanimous NBA MVP. He was one vote short. The voter works for the Boston Globe. He voted for Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony and James are in the same league, but not the same class. James is the least selfish non-point guard superstar to enter the league since Larry Bird. He sees passes most big men can't make, and is adept at getting teammates the ball.
Anthony's line against Indiana Sunday is typical. He took 28 shots, he scored 27 points and he had one assist. He doesn't see teammates and doesn't look for them. If he's on, he's effective. If he's not, he can take his team out of a game.
James is a great basketball player. Anthony is, or can be, a great scorer. There's a difference.