Kevin Durant undoubtedly deserves the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award up to this point of the season because of his amazing season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, so far. If Durant was to win the MVP for the 2013-2014 season, it would be his first ever award that honors the top player in the regular season. Not only does Kevin Durant need the award for his career, but the NBA needs him to win the MVP to market his elite success as the primary challenger to Lebron James.
Look at Steve Nash, for instance, to observe how important MVP awards can be. Nash, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, was the premier point guard in his prime. He impressively won two consecutive MVP award in during a time where Lebron James and Kobe Bryant were both near their prime. After he is retired and is a candidate for the Hall of Fame, Steve Nash’s two MVP awards will dramatically improve his chances of being inducted into the Hall. Without them, Nash, who has never won a championship, would likely be seen as a Hall of Fame candidate who is “on the fence” about getting in. His MVPs will also back up the great career that Nash has had.
Durant had an amazing month of January in which he put up incredible numbers by averaging 35.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. Kevin Durant had to step up in the absence of star teammate, Russell Westbrook, who is suffering another knee injury. The Thunder went on a hot streak as they became the team to beat with Durant leading the way. This is definitely how MVPs play in crucial times, and it shows that Kevin Durant undoubtedly deserves the MVP this season.
Michael Jordan is considered one of the best players to ever play in the NBA because he had a remarkable amount of awards and championships to back up his greatness. Jordan finished his career with five MVP awards and six NBA championship rings. After being criticized for not winning a title early in his career, Lebron James signed with a talented team so that he could compete for a championship with Wade and Bosh. Lebron now has four MVPs and two championships. Kevin Durant, who has the talent to be among one of the game’s elite players, needs to start building his resume in order to be considered a NBA legend.
The main scenarios that would challenge and inhibit Durant in obtaining his first MVP award involve Lebron James or an unfortunate injury. Lebron James could go on another hot streak like he did in the early part of the season, which had him shooting above .600 percent. Lebron has completely dominated the MVP award as of late, as he has won four out of last five. The other main scenario that would keep Durant from being crowned the MVP would be an unfortunate injury. This would be absolutely devastating to the competitive franchise and the talented phenom.
The NBA has seen its fair share of elite stars competing for supremacy: Wilt Chamberlain vs. Bill Russell, Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan vs. Isiah Thomas, Lebron James vs. Kobe Bryant. With Kobe Bryant being injured and not getting any younger, Lebron will need a viable contender to battle for overall supremacy as the NBA’s best player; Kevin Durant is the man to challenge him. The fans absolutely love watching the best two players in the league battling it out, and if the Heat and the Thunder met again in the NBA Finals with both players near their prime, it would be a historically popular event.
With the MVP representing the top award a player can receive for their performance in the regular season, it undoubtedly deserves to go to Kevin Durant this season because of his phenomenal play, so far. Unless an unlikely cold streak or unfortunate injury occurs in the second part of the season, Durant looks like he will earn his first MVP trophy. He also needs to win the MVP award to begin building his resume as a future NBA legend.
By Glen Parris