It was finally made official with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 season. After securing a number of scoring titles, leading his Thunder to numerous Northwest Division Titles and a Western Conference Championship, Durant now finally has the MVP award to add to his collection. He is the first person to take home the scoring title and the Most Valuable Player award sine Allen Iverson did it in 2001.
In a touching and emotional ceremony, Durant thanked his family, coach and teammates as well as the city of Oklahoma for allowing him to take out the NBA’s highest individual honor. Durant received 119 first place votes to win the award ahead of LeBron James and Blake Griffin. During his acceptance speech, Durant spoke brilliantly, honestly and emotionally as he addressed falling in love with the game, the sacrifices made to get him to the top, the opportunities he has seized and much more.
A humble and honest champion of the game, Durant scored points with everyone watching the address.
Durant put up 32 ppg to lead the league in scoring and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to the leagues second best record with 59 wins. He played the majority of the season without his superstar teammate Russell Westbrook and carried the Thunder team night in and night out throughout the regular season. He also showed up when it was most required to dispatch of the Memphis Grizzlies to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
His all-around improvement and development even led former MVP LeBron James to note “He deserved it. For sure.” Durant added 7.4 rpg and 5.5apg to round out his complete season – his seventh in the NBA.
Durant spoke of the award as “our” MVP. He is grateful for everything people have done for him and he doesn’t forget the little things, a truly inspirational person and player. He is the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first MVP award winner.
KD and the Thunder will be on court in front of a home crowd tomorrow night as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi Finals. And for the first time, Durant will grace the floor as a much deserving NBA MVP.