Kevin Durant has been the talk of the NBA lately and deservedly so. With Russell Westbrook out, the Oklahoma City Thunder is on a tear that we’ve arguably never seen before or at least not seen in a while. He’s been dominating in the truest sense of the word and keeping the Thunder successful without their point guard in the mix.
In 14 games in January, Durant is putting up 36.9 points, 6.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and one block per game. More incredibly, KD has shot 54 percent from the floor, 41.6 from three-point range and 88.4 percent from the foul line while putting up those numbers. His 11 consecutive 30-point games are also nothing to scoff at, either.
Durant’s recent play has been highly entertaining and has even caused talks of him winning the NBA’s MVP this season to crop up. Durant winning the 2013-14 MVP would keep Miami Heat forward LeBron James from winning his third consecutive award and his fifth in six years. Poetically, given Durant’s current performance, Durant’s Thunder and James’ Heat will face off on Wednesday night.
While we’ll certainly be looking to see how Durant will produce against a talented defensive team in Miami, fans should also keep their eyes peeled for LeBron looking to silence people saying that he’s no longer the MVP of the league.
LeBron is playing the fewest minutes per game of his career this season, which has caused his production to slip a bit. However, his 26 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game are still quite impressive, as is his remarkable 57.9 percent shooting on the year.
Despite his production slipping, though, James is still pretty clearly one of the best players in the league with monstrous amounts of talent. It’ll be interesting to see if he takes all of this MVP talk to heart and tries to deliver a message while facing off against Durant. As a greedy basketball-watcher that wants to see all of the great things happen, I hope that’s the case.