James beat off fierce competition from Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Leonard to win the award.
James beat off fierce competition from 2017 Finals MVP Kevin Durant, regular season MVP Russel Westbrook, James Harden and Kwahi Leonard to win the award.
This is James’ fifth NBA ESPYs Player of the Year award and his 14th ESPYs in total.
In the 2016-17 campaign, James became the first player in NBA history to average at least 26.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists.
He became the first player to play in seven straight NBA Finals since the 1960s Celtics, while also passing Michael Jordan (5,987 PTS) as the NBA’s all-time playoff leader in scoring with 6,163 points.
Against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, James became the first NBA player to average a triple-double in the Finals (33.6 points, .564 FG%, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists).
The ESPYs were hosted by Peyton Manning.
Westbrook was named Best Male Athlete.
Durant did not go home empty handed, picking up the award for the Best Championship Performance- his team the Golden State Warriors won the 2017 NBA title.
Durant was the target in one of host Manning's funny opening monologue.
"Our gymnastics team was so dominant that Kevin Durant told me he wants to play for them next year," Manning said, as the camera pointed to a stern-faced Durant.
"I gotta tell you, I don't think you'd start for that team, Kevin."
Full Winners' List
Jimmy V Perseverance Award
WINNER: New Orleans Saints Superfan Jarrius Robertson
Arthur Ashe Courage Award
WINNER: Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Pat Tillman Award for Service
WINNER: Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro
WINNER: Vin Scully
WINNER: Chicago Cubs
Best Male Athlete
WINNER: Russell Westbrook, NBA
Best Female Athlete
WINNER: Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Best Championship Performance
WINNER: Kevin Durant, NBA Finals
Best Breakthrough Athlete
WINNER: Dak Prescott, NFL