Oklahoma City Thunder Superstar Kevin Durant may have secured a possible Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. In each of the Thunder’s last 40 games, Durant has scored at least 25 points. No one in the NBA has scored at least 25 points in 40 consecutive games since Michael Jordan in the 1986-87 season and again in the 1988-89 season. Over the last 50 years only Jordan and now Durant have hit this streak. The Thunder have seven more games to close out the regular season, giving Durant not only the chance to pass Jordan for the consecutive game points streak, but to stand alone in third place behind Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain.
If Durant scores at least 25 points in all seven of the Thunder’s remaining games, he would pass Robertson at 46 consecutive games. This would put the former Seattle Sonics draft pick in second place behind the 80 game streak of Chamberlain. The point scoring streak is only part of what Durant has done this season that should land him his first MVP award.
During a possible run to the MVP trophy, Kevin Durant has given the Oklahoma City Thunder a superstar performance this season. The forward has shown that he not only can score, but that he is willing to make the extra pass and get his team more involved in a game. Durant feels that no one in the NBA can guard him one-on-one. This means that with or without the ball, opposing teams see him as a threat on the court. When he has the ball, many teams are double teaming him, sometimes triple teaming him. Much like teams did to Jordan. Durant has learned, like Jordan new, if there are two people or more guarding him, one of his teammates is open.
Durant has matured. Seattle knew Durant was going to be special when they drafted the forward with the second overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. Durant had a phenomenal first season in the Emerald City, grabbing the Rookie of the Year Award. The following year the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City and continued to improve into one of the top NBA players.
The 5-time All-Star was a key factor in the Thunder’s 2011-12 season, leading the team into the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. After wining the first game of the finals, the Heat won 4 straight, denying Durant and the Thunder their first NBA Championship since relocating to Oklahoma City. The following summer, as a member of the 2012 US Olympic Team, Durant help Team USA win a gold medal at the London Olympics.
While a possible MVP trophy may be coming to Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar would much rather have wins. Tying Jordan’s streak did not matter to the 25-year-old. Durant wants to win, to see his team perform. A scoring streak means nothing to the star if the team is not wining. And Durant is doing his best to help his team win as they get ready for the 2014 NBA Playoffs. With Durant’s MVP caliber season, the Thunder may just give Durant a NBA Title to go along with his possible MVP trophy.
Commentary by Carl Auer