Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
Every single season in our heated debates on which player is the NBA MVP was the league’s best all around player. Usually the same names seem to pop up like Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James.
These three players are arguably the best players in the league and will always be in the MVP conversation unless they are sitting out with injury. This season is no different, Dwyane Wade might not be getting as much consideration with the Miami Heat struggling this season, but Kobe and LeBron are definitely in the mix for the award is Kobe has displayed late game heroics all season long and LeBron has led his team to the best record in the NBA.
Even though Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are both legitimate candidates for the award, there is one player that is just been playing out of his mind and will most likely get some much needed recognition when the time comes to award this season’s MVP.
That player is the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant who has completely turned around his franchise this season almost single-handedly. There are some great players on this team like point guard Russell Westbrook, but Durant has been playing like a man possessed as he is lead his team to a legitimate playoff contender and the possible Cinderella like story the season.
Ever since Kevin Durant came in the league out of Texas University, lot people speculated whether or not he was as good or better than Ohio State’s center Greg Oden who was picked number one overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. I believe the question is answered now as Durant as the Oklahoma City Thunder are sitting in fifth place in the very competitive Western Conference and seem to be poised for a first-round meeting with the Utah Jazz come playoff time.
As if that isn’t an impressive enough, Kevin Durant has really stepped up his game when it comes to scoring as he is second in the league just behind the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James with 29.6 points per game and could quite possibly passing to win his first scoring title if LeBron’s numbers start to dip in the second half of the season.
With the thunder be and are arguably the most surprising team in the league this season and to read challenging LeBron for the scoring title, there is no question that he is a legitimate MVP candidate this season and should get some much needed recognition for the award at season’s end.
Now would be hard to argue that Lebron James isn’t the front runner for the MVP award as he is scoring 30 points a game and dishing out 8.5 assists on top of that, but if Kevin Durant can pass King James in the race for the scoring title, I believe he could very well win this award as many voters might see him as being the most viable player in the league this season.