Five Reasons Why Kevin Durant Will Beat LeBron James In MVP Race
The two best basketball players in the world, Kevin Durant and LeBron James, are battling and will continue to battle all season long for the regular season MVP award. Although The King might be a better and more complete player, Kevin Durant currently holds the upper hand in regards to the MVP race. Let’s see the top five reasons why KD will finally win the award.
No.1: One-man show
Due to the injury of Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder is heavily relying on Durant at the moment. OKC has been riding the monster performances of Durant since Christmas Day, when Westbrook suffered his injury. As of lately, Durant is putting up a real show every night for the Thunder, scoring points in bunches, hitting game-winning clutch shots and pretty much doing everything a basketball player to help his team win.
Let’s face it, neither LeBron nor the Miami Heat are as motivated as they were last season or two seasons ago. After two rings, LeBron’s hunger for “not three, not four, not five…” has calmed down a bit. Of course, we can expect the Heat to make really strong push during the playoffs. Nonetheless, during the regular season, Kevin Durant and the Thunder look like they want to win more than what the Heat does.
No.3: Team success
Team success always counts when the MVP of the regular season is decided. Of course, we can’t say that the Miami Heat is not having a successful season. Nevertheless, the Thunder, who are competing in the tough Western Conference are currently standing at the No.1 seed with a 36-10 record. The Heat on the other hand is second in the East with a 32-12 record. OKC is considered as one of the top favorites to finish first in the West while at the same time, the Miami Heat seem uninterested to chase the first-seeded Indiana Pacers.
No.4: Monster performances
LeBron James is delivering every night. Really, he is making those 30-point, 10-rebound and 8-assists outputs look routine. But on the other hand, Durant has gone a step forward. He has already broken his career-best for most points scored in a single game with 54, he had two 48-point games within a four-game span and he is doing all that while shooting 51.0 percent from the floor and 41.9 percent from deep this season. KD is simply astonishing.
The Miami Heat has already admitted that it’s just tough for them to stay at their 100 percent of their game night in and night out this season. Call it mental fatigue, call it physical fatigue, the fact is that we might not see the full potential of the defending champs until the playoffs. On the contrary, we are seeing the full potential of Kevin Durant –unless he goes one more step further- this season. He is putting up everything he’s got. Although this might end up being a close race, Durant currently has the advantage.