LeBron James Concedes: Durant Is MVP Favorite
2014 has been good to Kevin Durant. The Oklahoma City Thunder wing has a new scoring record, beating out Michael Jordan by notching at least 25 points in 41 straight games; a virtual lock on what will be his fourth scoring title in five years; and a high seed in the highly competitive Western Conference. He also has the MVP blessing of LeBron James, and looks to win that award after three second-place finishes — all to James, who has won the award four times and began the season as the presumptive favorite.
“I think KD has had one heck of a season,” James said to ESPN. “And, you know, if he’s rewarded with the MVP, it would be great. It would be awesome for him, for his family. He’s played MVP-type basketball.” The forward and defending NBA champion also praised Durant’s consistency and his numbers, which are impressive even when — or especially when – compared to LeBron’s.
Averaging 32 points per game, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, Durant’s single-season numbers haven’t been seen since James was doing his best one-man-army impression on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before that, it was Michael Jordan in ’89, Wilt Chamberlain in ’66 and ’64, and Elgin Baylor in ’61. That’s it; that’s all.