When people talk about the best players in the NBA, there’s usually very little argument on the top two. Most people debate which one of the two should be at the top of the list — either LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Obviously James has the rings where as Durant doesn’t. He also has the MVP trophies that Durant is missing out on.
This year, most people have been talking about how the MVP race is Durant’s to win. Durant has been scoring at will for most of the season and he even had a streak in which he scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games. During this time LeBron was still doing his thing but wasn’t putting on a clinic quite like Durant.
However, after the All-Star break, James has been a different player. The first game back from the break and LeBron dropped a season-high 42 points on the Dallas Mavericks. The next game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron picked apart the Thunder’s defense in the first quarter. James scored 16 points in the first quarter alone.
James put in 31 points against the New York Knicks and then on Monday, against the Charlotte Bobcats, James had 61 points. This was a new Miami Heat franchise record and a career high for him. The past two weeks, James has reasserted himself as the best player in the NBA. Not only that, but he has also pushed himself back into the MVP race.
What we once thought was a forgone conclusion that Durant was going to win his first MVP has now turned into a discussion about whether or not LeBron will win his fifth trophy. Last week I would have told you Durant was the clear choice for the award, but right now I may have to give it to LeBron. Ask me again next week and it may change again. One things for certain, though, this is going to be an amazing finish to the season between these two athletes.