The Oklahoma City Thunder‘s Kevin Durant is the best player in the NBA. This offseason, he stated that he was tired of and done with being second. Throughout the 2013-14 season, Durant has played better than everyone in the league, including LeBron James of the Miami Heat. This has been a record-setting season for Durant and he is a lock for the 2014 MVP award. On Sunday night against the Phoenix Suns, Durant passed Michael Jordan‘s record of 40 games with 25 or more points, adding to his campaign for the best player in the league.
It was a bittersweet night for Durant as the Thunder lost to the Sun 122-115. In the loss, Durant had his 41st-consecutive game with 25 or more p0ints. He finished the game with his 26th double-double of the season, scoring 38 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Unfortunately, it was not enough to beat the Suns in Phoenix on Sunday.
Oklahoma City is currently sitting in second place behind the San Antonio Spurs with a record of 55-21. Even though the Thunder are in second place, they are the team to beat in the Western Conference and that is all thanks to Durant. He has put on one of the greatest MVP campaigns. This season he is averaging 32.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Durant is also shooting a dominant 51 percent from field-goal range. Even when Westbrook was out, Durant kept the Thunder in contention, while putting up the best numbers of his career. That right there, is the definition of a most valuable player.
What makes Durant so scary now is the fact that he is as good defensively as he is offensively. He is one of the best defenders in the the league today, who can defend at any position on the floor. With his length and size, it is easy for him to suffocate defenders.
Rarely do we see Kevin Durant take a night off. Passing Jordan’s record is just a small accomplishment in the amazing season Durant is having. Without a doubt, he will be taking home MVP honors and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him cap it all off with a championship.