This NBA season has been one of the most interesting seasons we have seen so far in many years. On one side, you have so many injuries around the league to top players such as Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade & others that has taken away from some of the star power of many teams in the league.
But, it can be said that the true faces of the league right now are LeBron James of the Miami Heat & Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both players are putting up MVP caliber numbers this season & while both players have been playing without key complimentary pieces in Wade & Westbrook, they have carried their respective teams on their back & made sure they are still at the top of the NBA Eastern & Western Conferences, respectively.
But, who would be the MVP? Who is truly having the top caliber season so far between King James & Durantula? Let’s break it down.
Kevin Durant is showing a killer instinct in leading the Oklahoma City Thunder.
KDTrey5, as Durant’s Twitter handle is named, is having one of the best seasons of his career so far, without having Westbook has his extra scorer. Durant has has 10 straight games with over 30 points, with a 54-point performance on January 17 against the very talented Golden State Warriors thrown in there.
|Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin|
He is averaging 31 points per game, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, including 41% from 3-point range. Those kind of numbers are truly MVP level, in my opinion.
The most impressive part of this particular season for Durant, however, is that for the first time, we realize that he has a bit of an edge about him. We see him not afraid to pick up a technical foul, but its the type of foul that has nothing to do with showing up the referees, thus getting on their bad sides, but its the type of foul that gets the team & crowd fired up for the Thunder.
Many people have wondered if Durant would leave OKC for greener pastures somewhere else, but what I believe he is realizing is that by establishing Oklahoma City has a major basketball market where championships can be won, players will want to go to him to help establish their brands as opposed to always heading to Chicago, New York or Los Angeles.
LeBron James Is Showing That He Doesn’t Have an NBA Championship Hangover
Ok, look, we know the Miami Heat are the first or second-best team in the NBA Eastern Conference with the Indiana Pacers, the team the Heat will most likely have to face in the Eastern Conference Finals later in May.
While LeBron has been dominant this season, no question about it, it almost seems as though the Heat have been in autopilot & are bored waiting for the Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Pacers.
|Miami Heat All-Star Forward LeBron James. |
James has 2 NBA Championships already, tons of MVP awards, averaging 26 points, 6 rebounds & 6 assists this season, however, it seems as though LeBron has achieved a level of greatness that makes it seem as though those numbers are boring & very mundane. We have seen these numbers all season & the Heat lineup, even without Dwyane Wade, is considerably deeper than the Oklahoma City Thunder roster.
From a true basketball game standpoint, LeBron is the most complete player in the league right now, but the question is the MVP. If you are saying who is the best overall basketball player in the league, its LeBron James, but the MVP is the Most Valuable Player to their individual team, i.e. if there was a situation where that person has to be off of the team, could the squad still function.
The Miami Heat would still be a playoff team without LeBron James. Not a good playoff team, but would still be about a 6 or 7 seed in the bad NBA Eastern Conference this season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder would be a lottery team without Kevin Durant, no question about it. It has been proven this season, especially with Russell Westbrook out, Durant has taken over the reign as the man in Oklahoma City, if there was any question beforehand.
Therefore, my MVP is Kevin Durant, to this point in the season.
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