We’re seeing a different Kevin Durant this season. Yes, KD is not nice anymore. The new, mean KD is the league’s MVP so far too by the way.
Durant just carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 3-0 record on the road and averaged 38.7 points per game in those three games. You know, exactly what an MVP does when his team goes on the road at this point in the season while a few of his starters are banged up missing games.
Durant has elevated his game to new heights this season. He’s got the Kobe glare with the mentality to take over like LeBron. We saw the LeBron-like game from him on the road vs. Portland Sunday night and then he closed out the Suns a la Kobe last night, staring down the Phoenix bench after every dagger he hit.
Durant is ultra talented right now and he knows it. He knows what he can do and he plays within himself perfectly. He’s been with the same teammates for a few years now and he knows what they can do, when they can do it and how to use them.
The Thunder have the best record in the NBA right now and look no further than Durant as to why. Sure, Russell Westbrook gives this team a lot too but he’s been struggling for a large part of this season so far. It’s Durant that has every single game been playing almost flawlessly.
The MVP often goes to a new player every year and one who is on a team with one of the best records in the league. That’s why it is Durant and not LeBron so far this season.
LeBron still has the edge over Durant in PER but Durant made a jump this season from last while LeBron didn’t. That means something to the voters and combine that with the Thunder having the best record in the league right now in a tougher conference than the one Miami is playing in and Durant is the easy choice.
Durant also has something that LeBron or just about anyone ever can’t touch. He’s looking to become just the seventh player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the line for a season. And he’s doing it while nearly leading the league in scoring again too which makes this type of shooting/scoring run unheard of.
If it’s Durant who is hoisting the MVP trophy at the end of this season, it won’t be like when Derrick Rose won it. It’s not just a nice story and the voters trying to find someone other than LeBron to give the award to.
Durant is deserving and it’s not a nice story anymore, it’s a mean one.