Fantasy Basketball MVP: Kevin Durant Edges LeBron James

By Rich Arleo
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The 2012-’13 fantasy basketball season is all but over, which means it’s time to crown a fantasy MVP.

After battling it out at the top all season, Kevin Durant’s recent performance has helped him clinched the fantasy MVP over LeBron James. Both had great seasons, but while the Miami Heat have the No.1 seed locked up, James has conveniently sat out with an injury. Unfortunately for fantasy basketball owners, this has come during the fantasy semi-finals and finals. He may have helped lead teams to the playoffs, but he’s likely crushed their championship hopes because of this.

Meanwhile, Durant is in the midst of a 14-game streak in which he’s scored at least 20 points. During that streak, he scored more than 30 points six times and recorded at least eight rebounds 12 times while continuously contributing in assists, blocks and steals. Durant is currently fighting with Carmelo Anthony to lead the league in scoring, currently sitting at 28.4 points-per-game.

Durant may not excel in any other stats but he does contribute solidly in all others with no specific weak spots. James scores a bit less (26.9 per) and is really only better than Durant in assists. James has been great this season, but while he’s sitting during the fantasy playoffs, Durant is dominating. He’s not only leading fantasy owners to glory, but his performance late in the season has helped vault the Oklahoma City Thunder into the No.1 seed. Durant’s clutch and consistent performance all season earns him the fantasy MVP over James.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your networks on Google.


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