After putting together an incredible season that saw him further develop his all around game as well as win another NBA scoring title, it appears as though the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant will dethrone LeBron James and be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for season 2013-14.
Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the second seed in the tough Western Conference and the second best record in the entire league. He played the majority of the season as the sole superstar on the Thunder roster while Russell Westbrook recovered from a number of knee surgeries.
He put up a very impressive 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three point range. Durant also led the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating (PER).
After coming second to LeBron James in last year’s MVP voting, it appears likely that he has finally overtaken James and will collect his first MVP award in the coming days.
Season 2013-14 had a number of highlights from Durant but none really stood out more (and likely cemented his place as the league’s MVP) than the 41 game streak of 25+ points, one game more than Michael Jordan‘s streak of 40 games.
Durant has always maintained that he doesn’t play the game for the individual accolades. His streak of 30+ point games came because he sat out the entire fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets and his 25+ point game streak concluded in the same manner.
The MVP award will no doubt bring Durant great joy and a sense of accomplishment, but something tells me he is focused more heavily on bringing an NBA Championship to OKC.
A number of sites and experts predicted Durant to collect his first MVP award as early as February / March but a late run of form from James might have kept things interesting.