Kevin Durant in clear lead for MVP

By Brandon Hillary

There is no argument that LeBron James is one of the most valuable players to ever play the game. He and Bill Russell are the only two players to ever win four MVP awards over a span of five years, and if he wins this year, LeBron will be the only player to ever win five MVP awards in six years. KD is clearly standing in his path. Durant has been able to put up 30 points or more in his last 11 games, and over the last 10 of those he has averaged 37.5 points, six rebounds, and six assists. He has not only kept the Thunder in the running in a tough Western conference without teammate Russell Westbrook, but he has them sitting at first place. James, on the other hand, has had decreases in blocks, assists, rebounds and an increase in turnovers this year, while also playing less at 37 minutes per night. It is no secret that head coach Erik Spoelstra is probably resting James for the time that matters most — the playoffs. But unless LeBron’s minutes pick up and his play follows, Durant will be running away with his much-deserved first ever Maurice Podoloff trophy.

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