He clinched it in the 2013-14 season. Last season, a foot injury let him down. This time, Kevin Durant is set to challenge Stephen Curry for the NBA MVP award.
Durant’s 40-point 14-rebound effort against the Golden State Warriors is a testament as to how keen the OKC All-Star is to reclaim the MVP award. Oklahoma City Thunder lost narrowly to the reigning champions. He posted his third consecutive 30 plus point show on Monday to continue his form.
His larger run is more intriguing, consisting of 38 consecutive games with at least 20 points. He has been scoring with lethal efficiency: 35 of 71 shooting overall (49.3 percent), 14 of 29 from 3-point range (48.3 percent) and 25 of 26 at the free throw line (96.2 percent), as reported by Fox Sports.
In terms of scoring average, KD is second in the race after Stephen Curry. Durant is averaging 27.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He shot 39.4 from beyond the arc and 89.5 from the free throw line.
Curry is averaging 29.8 points per game and his sharp-shooting abilities take him to the drivers seat to defend his MVP title. The Warriors are 46-4 and are chasing Chicago Bulls’ 72 win record. If they break the record, the award inevitably goes to Golden State point guard, no matter what KD achieves. But otherwise, KD has a chance.
The two superstars will be meeting twice in a month. The coming All-Star break pacifies the race for a moment.
According to the votes of USA Today experts, Curry got all votes for first place among a panel of eight. But Durant earned the majority of the runner-up votes. Now what will happen if the two play together next season?
For the moment, the race is hot for the MVP award.