There has been a lot of discussion over the past week about the insanely close race for the scoring title that’s going on between Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. With around five games remaining in the 2012-2013 NBA regular season, less than 0.1 points per game separates the two players from each other in the scoring race.
Durant is won the scoring title the past three years, and looked like he was set to run away with this year’s until Carmelo’s amazing run over the past month or so. However, the scoring title probably means a lot more to Anthony than to Durant.
In Durant’s case, he and the Oklahoma City Thunder have more important goals to accomplish than him winning his fourth straight scoring title: they are looking to get back to the NBA Finals.
Durant helped lead the Thunder to the Finals last season, where they were defeated in five games by the Miami Heat. However, with Durant and Russell Westbrook being the stars of the team and being so young, there’s no denying that the trip last year was a growing experience.
With the trade of James Harden before this season, though, many people wondered how the Thunder would fare without him.
Durant and Westbrook have both expanded their games this season to make up for Harden’s absence, though. Durant is still regarded as one of the best and most prolific scorers in the NBA today, but he has expanded his game in regards to rebounding, passing and defense this season, becoming a more complete player.
If he needs to score, he scores. If he needs to facilitate, he does so. He’s the leader of this team that seems bound for another successful playoff run.
The race for the scoring title between Durant and Anthony is undoubtedly going to be compelling and will most likely come down to the last game of the regular season. However, there’s also no doubt that Durant’s concerns go way beyond his points per game average. He wants to have the chance to become an NBA Champion again and that’s all that should really matter to him.