Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Over the past decade or so there has no other scorer in the league as dominant as the reigning NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant.
With players like Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum playing alongside Kobe, the Black Mamba no longer has to light up the scoreboard on a nightly basis just to make the Lakers a title contender.
With that being said, Kobe Bryant’s numbers have started to decline, but his chances at winning multiple NBA titles have risen as a result.
The Los Angeles Lakers look like they have a really good chance of repeating this season and Kobe has been on fire in clutch situations, but he will not win the scoring title as he is a couple points behind with 27.6 points per game as of right now.
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
In the first month or so of the NBA season, the Denver Nuggets were arguably the best team in the league and the main reason for this was the impressive play of Carmelo Anthony who was getting some much deserved consideration for the MVP award.
There are only a handful of games left in the season and the Denver Nuggets are the number two seed in the Western Conference just behind the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Melo sat out for a few games with an ankle injury which hurt his numbers a bit, but he is still averaging 28.8 points per game and is just short of the league lead.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
With every passing season the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James just seems to improve in every aspect of his game and this season is no different as his points per game have reached 29.7 per game.
Even though LeBron has led the league in scoring the majority of the season, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder as been able to catch up to King James and looks like he could quite possibly surpass him when the NBA regular season comes to an end.
The Cleveland Cavaliers might be on their way to an NBA title and LeBron is the favorite to win his second straight MVP award, but I believe Durant will edge him out in the race for the NBA scoring title.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
No team in the NBA this season has made more of a turn around this year than the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Ever since the team made the move from Seattle and changed their name to the Thunder, Kevin Durant and company has really struggled and have been among the league’s worst teams, but this season the team has done a 180 and have become one of the best teams in the league with Durant leading the way.
No matter how many people doubted Kevin Durant this season, the young kid out of Texas University has quickly become the most dynamic scorer in the league and looks like a lock for the NBA scoring title if he can hold off LeBron James for the rest of the NBA regular season.