Kevin Durant had a triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s seventh-straight win in a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Durant finished with 32 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He has had the best start of his young and already Hall-of-Fame worthy career this season. He’s ranked within top three in most MVP rankings out there, and his performance on Sunday night may be enough to make him no. 1 on those lists.
Durant’s role has been even more important to the Thunder as Russell Westbrook plays himself back to elite superstar status. The loss of Kevin Martin has also shifted things around for OKC. So far, Durant has the Thunder forgetting about the loss of both James Harden and Martin. The biggest contribution other than Durant has been the bench play. Reggie Jackson has been nothing short of amazing thus far, and Jeremy Lamb has also been solid thus far.
These players wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing if it weren’t for all the attention Durant demands when he’s on the floor. That doesn’t take away from what the bench is doing, but we should never forget just how important Durant is to this team’s success. We can only expect bigger and better things from Durant this season.
I’m going to make a bold prediction and confirm that I think KD will win his first MVP Award this season. LeBron James‘ bandwagon will see that it remains a close race, but they’ll fall short in the end.
The Thunder hit the road against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. They’re beaten every team that has beaten them this season. This team is rolling and are looking like they could possibly win their first NBA championship together. They will only go as far as Durant will take them, and he’s more than capable of bringing this team a title.