Kevin Durant Front Runner for MVP Award

Kevin Durant

With a league leading 34.5 points per game, Kevin Durant has been the front-runner for the MVP award. While Lebron James is a close second with his unbelievable performance this season, Durant has proven once again why Oklahoma City is heavily dependent on the 25-year-old forward.

At six-feet nine, Kevin Durant is a little under weight at 240 pounds. Although this has not affected his scoring ability, Durant would benefit from gaining a little more weight to create a bigger presence. Still, his seven-feet, four-inch wingspan creates many shots for the young forward, making him one of the toughest players to guard in the league. Winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2008, Durant has since became a dominate force and a scoring machine. While he did come in second place three times for the MVP Award, Durant is the hands on favorite to win the award for his performance this season.

Kevin Durant consistently ranks as one of the leaders in points around the league. With an amazing mid range and outside jumper, Durant is one of only six players in history to join the 50-40-90 club. Durant also has 12 straight games with over 30-plus points in scoring, including a career high 54 points against the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant also surpassed Michael Jordan’s record for most consecutive games with a minimum scoring of 25 points in 41 games. With a career .480 field goal percentage, Durant has one of the most accurate shots in the league.

Oklahoma City has benefited from Durant and his play making abilities. While point guard Russell Westbrook was out from an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, Kevin Durant was able to take over as the full fledge leader and take the team to a 2nd playoff seed in a very hectic western conference. While the San Antonio Spurs remain to be on top of the west, Oklahoma City is still one of the heavy favorites by many to win the NBA championship. Durant is the main reason for the team’s success for this will be the fifth year in a row the Thunder enter the NBA playoffs.

Although Kevin Durant never won the NBA MVP award, he is currently the front-runner for the award. Durant is no stranger to notable records and honors. Durant was selected to the NBA All-Star team five times in his career. Not only did Durant also win the scoring title three times with an assumed fourth this season.

While Lebron James and the Miami Heat have been playing lights out, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder have remain one of the teams to beat this post season. The NBA Finals is the goal for all thirty teams in the league, and although a MVP trophy would add another achievement in Durant’s basketball career, the one thing he is focused on right now is a championship. Kevin Durant may be the front-runner for the MVP award, but right now the Oklahoma City Thunder are the front-runners for the NBA title.

Commentary by Hector Carrion

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