By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on April 16, 2014
The LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant race for MVP has been a hot topic around the league all season long. These two players have been going back and forth and have had their final says. Durant has finally out-played James and deserves the MVP award. Here are five reasons why.
Both James and Durant have had incredible statistical seasons, but Durant's has been slightly better. The scoring machine is averaging 32 points, 5.5 assists and 7.4 rebounds per game, while James is averaging 27.1 points, 6.4 assists and 6.9 rebounds. The most notable advantage for Durant is the scoring. His 32 points per game is blowing everyone else in the NBA away.
James and Durant both have a solid supporting cast, but Durant carried the Oklahoma City Thunder each and every night when Russell Westbrook was out with an injury.
Members of the media either love James and agree to everything he says, or they hate James and overly criticize him. The fact that James has publicly said Durant deserves to be MVP gives his worshipers "permission" to vote for Durant. The last time James said someone else deserved the award, Derrick Rose won it in 2011.
James and Durant both finished second in their respective Conferences, but Durant was able to lead his team to victory on a consistent basis in a much more competitive conference. There are nine or 10 legit teams in the West, and only two or three legit teams in the East. That being said, the Thunder won 59 games in the West, while the Miami Heat won 54 games in the East.
When you boil it down, Durant was clearly the most consistent player. He would score 25 plus points on a consistent basis, and even had the longest streak of 30-plus-point games since Michael Jordan. After James' 61-point outing, he struggled. Durant was never too low or too high, and was able to coast through the regular season. James may be the better overall player, but Durant deserves the NBA MVP award this season.
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