Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
Last season at the end of the regular season there wasn’t anyone in the league that could really compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James for the league’s Most Valuable Player. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers looked like a legitimate contender for the title, but the Cavs were having their best season in the team’s history with LeBron leading the way.
This season the MVP race is bit closer with only three players in the running for the award, but only two of them seem to have a shot at being this season’s Most Valuable Player:
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Coming into this NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder were a young team that have consistently getting better with every passing year, but no one gave them much chance of being a playoff team this season as they seemed at least one or two players away from being playoff bound.
Fortunately for the Thunder, Kevin Durant has had a breakout season and lit up the scoreboards on a nightly basis.
Usually when a player like Durant becomes a scoring machine, the team starts to suffer as the only reason the player becomes a high scorer is because the team can’t score. A good example of this is Michael Jordan when he first started out with the Chicago Bulls, Tracy McGrady with the Orlando Magic and Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers in the post Shaq era in LA.
Even though this has been what usually happens in the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder have gone the other way as they have seen nothing, but success this season and as a result will be a higher seed in the West headed into the playoffs and Durant is a legitimate MVP candidate.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Over the past decade or so it would be hard to argue that any other player has been better all around the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant. No matter what struggles goes through whether it be injuries problems with the franchise or whatever goes on in the crazy town of Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant is always able to dominate and give the Lakers a shot in the Western Conference.
This season is no different the Lakers are defending champs and Kobe is a some pretty amazing games despite being injured throughout the season. The six game-winning shots this season, Kobe has completely outdone himself officially become one of best clutch players in NBA history setting a record for the most game-winning shots in the season.
Even though is extremely impressive and the Los Angeles Lakers a title contenders once again, Kobe will still have to bow down to LeBron James the season as he has been damn near unstoppable all year long leading the Cleveland Cavaliers the league’s best record.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Last season LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers won his first MVP award in the NBA. As a way to show love to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, LeBron accepted the award where he grew up and became the player he is today.
This season the Cleveland Cavaliers are arguably the best team in the league coming into last couple weeks of the NBA regular season. The Cavs have the league’s best record and LeBron James is leading the league in scoring with about 30 points per game.
This is impressive to say the least, but what is most impressive about LeBron James is how he continues to improve with every passing season and the season is arguably his best yet and the icing on the cake will be his second straight MVP award.